Hazelett makes return against doctor's advice

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

When UFC welterweight contender Dustin Hazelett (12-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) steps into the cage on Aug. 7 for his bout with Rick Story, "McLovin" will be doing so against his doctor's advice.

But armed with an intense passion for fighting and a lack of a "Plan B," Hazelett says he can't wait to set foot in the octagon.

"There's always concerns," Hazelett recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Even before I started fighting there were concerns because clearly it's a dangerous sport. It's not tap dancing, but this is what I love to do."

Hazelett suffered a broken orbital bone in his January fight with Paul Daley, and the injury required some extensive recovery time. Hazelett said he adhered to all recommended guidelines and elected to remain patient as it healed.

"They said, 'If you rush back into sparring, and you get hit hard, it will end up fracturing again, and it will be even worse.' I wanted to give it time to make sure that it completely healed so that I wouldn't rush into a fight, get hurt, and I'd be off even longer. I wanted to make sure I was completely 100 percent coming back."

The Nevada State Athletic Commission gave Hazelett the opportunity to return early with a doctor's clearance, but when the 24-year-old visited a professional line up by the UFC, he received some startling advice.

"They sent me to a leading expert in my area, I guess, and he was not too keen on the idea of me coming back early," Hazelett said. "In fact, he refused to let me come back early, and he said, 'If you were my son, I would suggest you never fight again, obviously.'

"I'm really looking forward to coming back and kind of starting over and getting a couple of wins together without any lengthy layoff."

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xxzygotexx site profile image  

7/21/10 12:00 PM by xxzygotexx

 TTT for McLovin, the 25 year old hawaiian organ donor... Will always tune in to see him fight...

The Sultan site profile image  

7/21/10 11:21 AM by The Sultan

 yeah, wtf is that dude saying....what does he know.....it's not like he's a doctor or anything.

disbeliever site profile image  

7/21/10 11:21 AM by disbeliever

Now that this is out, expect his opp. to go right for the orbital

Mister Saigon site profile image  

7/21/10 11:11 AM by Mister Saigon

did Haulport just make a non troll post?wtf?

Steamfitter site profile image  

7/21/10 10:34 AM by Steamfitter

If he dies, he dies.

sacredhate site profile image  

7/21/10 10:27 AM by sacredhate

the doctor's advice was that he never fight again.and Dustin doesn't have a right to come back against the doctors decree.Let's separate "i wouldn't want my son to fight" advicefrom"you aren't healed enough to be in a sanctioned fight" advice

clattymine site profile image  

7/21/10 10:19 AM by clattymine

 This is probably the unfortunate truth. Usually doctors are overly cautious but orbitals, eyesight and head injuries are among the top things you should not take chances with.

AlliancePA site profile image  

7/21/10 8:10 AM by AlliancePA

His bills won't pay themselves so I'm sure he has a little pressure on him to get back sooner rather than later.

dom1n1c site profile image  

7/21/10 5:26 AM by dom1n1c

 ttt for dustin.

Nanook site profile image  

7/21/10 2:46 AM by Nanook

Story isn't the guy you want to go into a fight against doctor's advice against.