Dustin Hazelett | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Wiry jiu-jitsu ace Dustin Hazelett has been released by the UFC.
The news was first announced by MMA Weekly on Tuesday, and Sherdog has confirmed the story with a source close to the fighter.
Hazelett has been cut on the heels of three-straight losses inside the Octagon. “McLovin” was most recently on the wrong end of Mark Bocek's “Submission of the Night” performance at UFC 124 on Dec. 11.
After mounting Hazelett early in round one, the Canadian deftly applied a topside triangle and then rolled to his back, where he finished the choke and the fight.
The bout marked Hazelett's return to the lightweight division after back-to-back losses at welterweight. Prior to that defeat, Hazelett suffered knockout losses to welterweight standouts Rick Story and Paul Daley.
Before the three consecutive losses, The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt was on a roll, winning back-to-back fights and earning three post-fight bonuses in the process. Hazelett finished both Josh Burkman and Tamdan McCrory with armbars in 2008, earning “Submission of the Night” for both performances.
Additionally, Hazelett received “Fight of the Night” honors for his bout with Burkman at “The Ultimate Fighter 7” finale.