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Hazelett vs. Bocek Signed for UFC 124 in Montreal

(Hazelett could easily drop five pounds by shaving off his Unabomber beard.) has learned that Dustin Hazelett will return to lightweight for the first time since facing Diego Saraiva at that weight in 2007 to challenge another submission specialist at UFC 124.

According to sources close to the fight, "McLovin" will take on Canadian grappling standout Mark Bocek on the Montreal, Quebec card, which, although the event details have yet to be officially announced, will likely take place on December 11 at the Bell Centre.

0-2 in his last two outings against Paul Daley and Rick Story, respectively, Hazelett (12-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC), will be looking to remove his head off the chopping block with a win over Bocek. The 24-year-old Louisa, Kentucky native, who trains with Team Jorge Gurgel in Cincinnatti, Ohio, will be up against a fierce hometown crowd who will undoubtedly be in the corner ofthe Canadian.

Bocek (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) is coming off of a hotly debated decision loss to Jim Miller at UFC 111 and will be hungry to get back on track, after having his three-fight win streak derailed in March. The 28-year-old Woodbridge, Ontario native who joined American Top Team last year after stints with Team Quest and Jackson’s MMA is 5-1 fighting in Quebec, having only lost to Mac Danzig by a surprising rear-naked-choke at UFC 83 in April 2008.

UFC 124 will also feature a main event showdown between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck as well as a main card, 170-pound challengers bout between Thiago Alves and John Howard.


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jamesmedley- September 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm
Appears as an okay fight, but honestly, simply because Bocek’s Canadian, doesn’t mean I wish to see him live every Montreal show. They have GSP headlining, that’s ample to impress individuals searching for a nearby fighter.I have to have skipped this yesterday, however i think this can be a great fight. And that we should see precisely how good Hazelett’s BJJ is really, or maybe his BJJ is much better for MMA than Bocek’s. Good grappling match.
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RwilsonR- September 16, 2010 at 9:29 am
I must have missed this yesterday, but I think this is a great fight. And we should get to see just how good Hazelett's BJJ really is, or if his BJJ is better for MMA than Bocek's. Good grappling match.
831 Father- September 16, 2010 at 7:26 am
Seems like an okay fight, but honestly, just because Bocek's Canadian, doesn't mean I want to see him live every Montreal show. They already have GSP headlining, that's more than enough to please those looking for a local fighter.
Mike Russell- September 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm
Nealio- September 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm
Man I love watchin Hazelett fight. His submissions are a thing of beauty.
Art Vanderley Silva- September 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm
needless to say, GSP in MTL is going to sell out. i just hope they don't coast on that and stack 124.
Koeikan- September 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm
Good catch Slampage... I knew that didn't sound right (knew it was a return to 155, but I figured it was pre-UFC).
Slampage- September 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm
he made his lightweight debut at ufc 67