September 15, 2010

by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fans might be in for quite a treat at UFC 124 in Montreal. Grappling whiz Dustin Hazelett will return to the lightweight division against American Top Team fighter and jiu-jitsu black belt Mark Bocek on the December 11 card.

The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Wednesday.

Hazelett (12-6) has become known as one of the slickest grapplers in the UFC over the last few years, and has picked up several “Submission of the Night” awards to show for it.

The Kentucky native now training out of Jorge Gurgel’s academy in Cincinnati, OH fell on rough times of late. Following a submission win over Tamden McCrory at UFC 91, Hazelett was forced out of action with an injury. When he re-appeared over a year later he lost his first fight back to Paul Daley at UFC 108.

Hazelett then fell to welterweight prospect Rick Story at UFC 117, and then decided that it was time to drop back down to lightweight, and finally pick up some size and strength on his opponents.

His first test back in the lightweight division is no slouch. Mark Bocek (8-3) who hails from Canada, but now trains full time at American Top Team in Florida, will look to make his home country proud when he fights in Montreal in December.

Going 4-3 during his time with the UFC, Bocek has picked up some impressive wins along the way, while his losses have only come to top lightweights like current UFC champion Frankie Edgar and New Jersey fighter Jim Miller.

The bout between Hazelett and Bocek will likely be part of the untelevised undercard for the show, but no official announcements have been made by the UFC at this time.