by Steven Marrocco & Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com
Somebody up there likes Dustin Hazelett.
The UFC welterweight wore disappointment when Karo Parisyan withdrew from their fight at UFC 106 last month, but said he trusted God’s plan and everything happened for a reason.
He was spot on.
Multiple sources informed MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday that Hazelett will step in for an injured Carlos Condit to face Paul Daley in the co-main event of UFC 108, which takes place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Hazelett, 23, has not fought since he suffered an ACL tear training for a bout with Ben Saunders at UFC 96 in March. After falling short to Josh Koscheck at UFC 82, he proved a serious threat to the division with two slick submission victories over Josh Burkman and Tamdan McCrory in 2008.
Hazelett’s manager, Monte Cox, declined comment on his client’s fight plans, as did Daley’s manager, Wad Alameddine.
The fill-in is just the latest change to the main card of UFC 108, which lost three proposed main event match-ups – Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort, Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez – to injury, not to mention main card fighter Gabriel Gonzaga.
A light heavyweight bout between former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva headlines the event at UFC 108.