"I'm not in this to become famous or anything. I don't like all the hype and I hate talking smack. I just do this because I enjoy competing in martial arts. A lot of guys trash talk just to hype the fight and stuff like that, but I got into this because of martial arts and that's not what martial arts are about, talking smack and stuff like that. That's more pro wrestling than martial arts. When they're talking smack, I think it looks bad for the sport and sets a bad example. I don't want this sport to become pro wrestling where we have to do monologues where we talk about how we're going to beat somebody up. My previous fights should be enough to hype my next fight. If they're not, then I should remain on the undercard."
Dustin Hazelett heads into his UFC 117 welterweight clash against Ricky Story on the opposite end of the trash-talking spectrum, enjoying his relative anonymity on the Oakland undercard. The big story heading into the Oracle Arena this Saturday night (Aug. 7) is the main event between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, with the mouthy ex-politician promoting himself at the expense of the Brazilian. Does "McLovin'" have a future in the fight game if he takes the vow of silence? And how much pre-fight hype are fighters required to provide competing for a promotion that lives and dies on the success of its pay-per-views?