The rise of Brazilian jiu-jitsu welterweight specialist Dustin Hazelett to the top of the 170-pound contender ladder could finally resume when he takes on Octagon veteran Karo Parisyan at UFC 106 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21, according to MMAWeekly.com.
"McLovin" has been out of action since late 2008 because of a serious knee injury that he sustained earlier this year training for a fight against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 alum, Ben Saunders, at UFC 96 back in March. As a result, Hazelett was forced out of the 170-pound contest and went under the knife to repair his damaged joint.
The operation was apparently a success and now the surging 23-year-old -- who has two straight (and super slick) armbar submission victories over Tamdan McCrory and Josh Burkman, respectively, to his credit -- is ready to feel "The Heat."
Parisyan will return from a nine-month suspension dished out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after testing positive for several major painkillers following his controversial split decision win over Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94: "St. Pierre vs. Penn 2" on Jan. 31, 2009.
Under the terms of the ruling, "The Heat" was fined 40 percent of his purse ($32,000) and his win over the Korean was ruled a "No Contest."
Prior to the positive test, he Armenian-born Judo player battled a nervous disorder, as well as injuries, which forced him out of a match against Yoshiyuki Yoshida less than 24 hours before showtime back in Sept. 2008.
By the time fight night rolls around, it will be more than two years since the former number one division contender tasted victory inside the Octagon -- a unanimous decision over Ryo Chonan at UFC 78: "Validation" in Nov. 2007.
UFC 106 is expected to feature a titanic main event between undisputed heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar putting his title on the line against the equally enormous Shane Carwin. In addition, MMA elder statesman Mark "The Hammer" Coleman will welcome the surgically repaired "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz back to the organization in a 205-pound clash.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on the developing UFC 106 fight card as it becomes available.