When the news came out this afternoon that UFC welterweight Carlos Condit had been forced out of his anticipated clash with knockout artist Paul Daley due to an injury, Dustin Hazelett seemed to be on an extremely short list of potential replacement candidates due to his recent bout with Karo Parisyan being scrapped.
It now looks like the temporary wound left by Condit’s removal from the card has found it’s tourniquet in the form of the submission wizard known to many as “McLovin”, who has apparently agreed to the UFC 108 contest according to a recent report over at MMAWeekly.
The pair will face off in a classic “striker vs. grappler” match-up on January 2 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Daley will be returning to the Octagon the heels of his impressive UFC debut where the heavy handed Brit knocked Martin Kampmann senseless with a whirlwind of strikes in the first round during UFC 103, while Hazelett will making his first return to the cage since a November 2008 submission victory over Tamdan McCrory at UFC 91.
A full list of the bouts expected for UFC 108 are listed below:
Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva
Paul Daley vs. Dustin Hazelett
Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout
Tyson Griffin vs. Jim Miller
Sean Sherk vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon
Martin Kampmann vs. Rory Markham
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Steve Cantwell
Mark Munoz vs. Ryan Jensen
Mike Pyle vs. Jake Ellenberger