"I hate to say it, but getting my head shoved in the toilet definitely helped me with martial arts. Just that feeling of being victimized was something I never wanted to deal with again.... I still see [the old bullies]. Usually, they throw it up like we’re friends: ‘Hey, this is Dustin. We grew up together.’.. They really don’t bring up the fact that they bullied me, and it’s probably better for them that they don’t. Being bullied a lot made me strive to be a better martial artist."
Lanky and unassuming UFC welterweight, Dustin Hazelett, talks about how he turned to mixed martial arts as a teenager after being victimized by local bullies. The 23-year-old is now among the most talented Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialists on the promotion's roster, earning his blackbelt from Jorge Gurgel not too long ago. Since his Octagon debut in 2006, "McLovin" has put together a fine record (5-2), catching many of his opponents in super slick submissions. He'll get the opportunity to beat down another bully later tonight when he touches 'em up with the colorful and hard-hitting slugger, Paul "Semtex" Daley, in the UFC 108: "Evans vs. Silva" co main event. Will Daley take Hazelett for a walk down bad memory lane or will the now dangerous Ohioan once again have the last laugh?