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, 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.

Hazelett’s quick rise in the welterweight division was temporarily stopped by Josh Koscheck, who stopped Hazelett with strikes in the second round of their UFC 82 bout. However the Jorge Gurgel-trained fighter has since won his last two fights, most recently submitting McCrory on the main card of UFC 91.

Saunders, who trains out of Florida’s American Top Team, has remained undefeated in his professional career since coming out of the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, winning all three of his fights. “Killa B” most recently scored an impressive TKO of Brandon Wolff at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event last month.


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