Dustin Hazelett meets Mark Bocek at UFC 124 in lightweight return


Dustin Hazelett will finally make his return to the lightweight division when he takes on Mark Bocek at the upcoming UFC 124 pay-per-view from the Bell Centre on Dec. 11 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

MMA Weekly brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.

After painful armbar submission wins over Josh Burkman at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 Finale and Tamdan McCrory at UFC 91, "McLovin'" suffered back-to-back knockout losses to Paul Daley at UFC 108 and Ricky Story at UFC 117.

The lanky and likable jiu-jitsu wizard now stands at 12-6 and 5-4 inside the Octagon. A return to 155-pounds could be a fresh start -- or the final nail in the coffin considering how unfavorably the promotion looks on fighters who drop three straight.

This will be Hazelett's first lightweight bout since UFC 67 back in 2007.

Standing in his way is Bocek (8-3), who was in cruise control over the past year and a half until 155-pound stalwart Jim Miller ended his three fight winning streak via unanimous decision at UFC 111 back in March.

Like Hazelett, the Canadian has a stellar ground game, ending 75-percent of his fights by way of tap, nap or snap -- but he may have met his equal (or better) in McLovin'.

UFC 124 will feature a rematch between division champion Georges St. Pierre and fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 coach Josh Koscheck. "Rush" claimed a unanimous decision win over "Kos" when they first met at UFC 74: "Respect" in Aug. 2007.

Stay tuned to for more information on this still-developing fight card.

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