Dustin Hazelett

UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva Weigh-In Results

Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva stand face-to-face at the UFC 108 weigh-ins. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The weigh-ins for UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva took place Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aside from Paul Daley, all the participants for Saturday’s card successfully made weight.

Daley tipped the scales at 172 pounds and the Nevada State Athletic Commission deemed it unsafe for Daley to continue his attempt to reach the 170 pound limit. Hazelett has agreed to a catchweight bout of 172 pounds and Daley will forfeit 10% of his purse.

UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter 10 coach “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva. The card will also feature a welterweight bout between contenders Paul “Semtex” Daley and Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett.

Pay Per View Bouts:
Thiago Silva (205 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Paul Daley (172 lbs lbs*) vs. Dustin Hazelett (168 lbs)
Sam Stout (155 lbs) vs. Joe Lauzon (155 lbs)
Jim Miller (155 lbs) vs. Duane Ludwig (156 lbs)
Gilbert Yvel (239 lbs) vs. Junior Dos Santos (237 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts on Spike:
Jacob Volkmann (171 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (171 lbs)
Dan Lauzon (155 lbs) vs. Cole Miller (155 lbs)

Ryan Jensen (186 lbs) vs. Mark Munoz (185 lbs)
Jake Ellenberger (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Rafaello Oliveira (156 lbs) vs. John Gunderson (155 lbs)

Parisyan Withdraws From UFC 106

Karo Parisyan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Karo “The Heat” Parisyan has pulled out of his UFC 106 bout with Dustin Hazelett.

UFC president Dana White made the announcement via Twitter, “Karo Parisyan has fucked over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again!!! He will not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC!!”

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Parisyan vs. Hazelett Slated For UFC 106

Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate FIghting Championship.

Welterweight contenders Karo “The Heat” Parisyan and Dustin Hazelett will reportedly meet at UFC 106 on November 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Parisyan last fought at UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn II where he secured a decision over Dong Hyun Kim. Following the victory, Parisyan tested positive for pain killers and his victory was overturned and ruled a no contest.

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Evening News and Notes: Green Tapped to Face Lauzon, Hazelett Injured & More

Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your daily news and notes for the evening of January 22, 2009.

- Total Fighting Alliance veteran Bobby Green has agreed to step in as a last-minute opponent for UFC veteran Dan Lauzon at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” show on Saturday night in Anaheim, California. If Green passes all required medical tests and paperwork in time for the event, he will be cleared to replace Chris Horodecki, who was forced off of the card because of a bulging disc in his neck.

- The Palace Fighting Championship has announced that their scheduled flyweight title bout between Rambaa Somdet and Pat Runez has been scrapped due to Somdet suffering from a pre-existing neck injury. “I thought I would be able to do it. I thought I would just fight as hard as I could in the first round,” Somdet said in a press release put out this afternoon. “It’s a pre-existing injury. I’ve had it forever six or seven years now. I think I have a torn tendon or something in my shoulder and I woke up after weigh-ins and I was in so much pain.”

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Report: Hazelett vs. Saunders Nearly Set for UFC 96

Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Skilled grappler Dustin Hazelett, winner of five out of his first six fights, will reportedly meet fellow rising welterweight contender Ben Saunders at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio on March 7.

According to Sherdog.com, both fighters have agreed to the fight and bout agreements have been distributed, with both fighters expected to sign the paperwork in the coming days.

Despite remaining a relatively unknown fighter except to hardcore fans, Hazelett has been impresssive since joining the ranks of the UFC in October 2006, winning all but two of his fights and beating the likes of Josh Burkman, Jonathan Goulet, and highly-touted prospect Tamdan McCrory.

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UFC 91 Quick Results

Main card:

Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture - TKO (punch)
Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory - Submission (armbar)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks - TKO (punch)
Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry - Submission (rear naked choke)

Preliminary bouts:

Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel - Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos - KO (punch)
Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas - Submission (armbar)

Mixed emotions

In the second round Lesnar landed a punch that sent Couture to the mat.  Lesnar then jumped on Couture, landing a big hammer-fist, and then continued to punch and punch until the fight was stopped.  Four fights into his MMA career, and Brock Lesnar is the UFC heavyweight champion.  It was good to finally see a heavyweight championship fight, but with Lesnar becoming champ so fast it’ll be interesting to see how the former WWE star is received as UFC champ by MMA fans, and general sports fans alike.

Tap Selections: UFC 91

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for tonight’s UFC 91 event.

The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.

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Sadollah-Catone Removed From UFC 91 Card

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that “Ultimate Fighter 7” winner Amir Sadollah has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against newcomer Nick Catone at this weekend’s UFC 91 event due to a leg infection.

The UFC attempted, but was unable to secure a replacement opponent for Catone, meaning that the fight has been removed from the fight card completely. A welterweight contenders bout between Dustin Hazelett and Tamdan McCrory has been moved up to the televised pay-per-view portion of UFC 91.

Report: McCrory-Hazelett Likely for UFC 91

Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A welterweight bout between skilled grapplers Dustin Hazelett and Tamdan McCrory will likely take place at UFC 91 on November 15 in Las Vegas according to a report from Sherdog.com.

McCrory has confirmed that the two have verbally agreed to fight and bout agreements are expected to be signed and returned at some point this week. No word as of yet concerning the possibility of the main being featured on UFC 91’s televised main card.

After being submitted in his UFC debut against Tony DeSouza, Hazelett went on to win three straight bouts before losing to standout wrestler Josh Koscheck at UFC 82 in March. Hazelett recently submitted one-time “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Josh Burkman at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June.

McCrory surprised many as he quickly submitted former UFC welterweight title contender Pete Spratt in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 10 in June of last year. Following his loss to Akihiro Gono at UFC 78, McCrory bounced back to win a unanimous decision over Luke Cummo at UFC 87 on August 9.

TUF 7: Finale Live Results

Results from The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale:
Rob Kimmons def. Rob Yundt - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Dean Lister def. Jeremy Horn - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Matt Brown def. Matt Arroyo - TKO
Drew McFedries def. Marvin Eastman - TKO
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough - Cancelled
Dustin Hazelett def. Josh Burkman - Submission (Armbar)
Matt Riddle def. Dante Rivera - Unanimous Decision
Spencer Fisher def. Jeremy Stephens - Unanimous Decision
Diego Sanchez def. Luigi Fioravanti - TKO
Amir Sadollah def. CB Dollaway - Submission (Armbar)
Kendall Grove def. Evan Tanner - Split Decision

- Dollaway protested his loss, suggesting he didn’t tap out.  It did appear that he tapped once.  It resulted in a good-looking hanging armbar from Sadollah.
- Tanner could not solve Grove’s size.  He walked into a few punches, and looked surprised by the reach of Grove’s legs.  Tanner had a good third round, but nothing that compared to the first two, which easily went to Grove.  The split decision result was curious.

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