Sherdog.com is reporting that a bout between welteweight fighters Dustin Hazelett and Tamdan McCrory is likely for UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar. The bout features two rising welterweight fighters. Both these guys are solid up and comers and should be a good gauge for the skills of these guys.
Tamdan McRory and the fast-rising Dustin Hazelett (Pictures) have verbally agreed to meet in a welterweight bout at UFC 91 “Couture vs. Lesnar” on Nov. 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Bout agreements are expected to be signed this week.
UFC 91 is expected to be huge. Dana White predicted between 1 million and 1.5 million pay per view buys. The card will headline the epic fight between Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar as well as a rumored bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva. Also, a super lightweight fight between contenders Joe Stevenson and Kenny Florian.
The match between two of the promotion’s more highly regarded prospects will provide depth to a card that will feature a five-round heavyweight title fight between returning champion Randy Couture (Pictures) and former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Brock Lesnar (Pictures).
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt who operates at a black belt level, Hazelett (11-4) bounced back from his TKO loss to Josh Koscheck (Pictures) in March and submitted Josh Burkman (Pictures) with highlight-reel armbar at “The Ultimate Fighter 7” Finale three months later. Eight of the 22-year-old Hazelett’s 11 career wins have come by submission.
“He’s a good jiu-jitsu guy with a lot of experience, “McCrory said. “He’s been in the UFC a little longer than I have, but he’s just another tough opponent.”
McCrory (9-1), a promising 21-year-old from Ithaca, N.Y., last competed at UFC 87 in August when he went the distance for the first time in his career and picked up a unanimous decision victory against Luke Cummo (Pictures), a former finalist on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.
“There were a lot of things I did well in that fight, and there were a lot of things I could have done better,” McCrory said. “They never go the way you expect them to. The way I see it, I’m a young talent with a lot of years left to grow. I have a lot of time to build my status in the UFC.”
A college student who splits his time between the classroom and the gym, McCrory made his UFC debut in 2007 when he submitted Pete Spratt (Pictures) with a triangle choke. A submission loss to Pride Fighting Championships veteran Akihiro Gono (Pictures) followed, though McCrory impressed against the seasoned Japanese standout. At 6-foot-5, he remains one of the welterweight division’s taller competitors, and he has set out to utilize the physical ability with which he has been blessed.
“I’ve been working on my jiu-jitsu a lot,” McCrory said. “That’s one of the parts of my game that wasn’t as strong as I needed it to be. I’ve gotten 100 times better on the ground. My stand-up’s still improving. Every day, I get better.”
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