Hazelett: Career on hold, heading back to school

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hazelett (12-7) still plans to fight professionally in the future, and he’ll continue competing in jiu-jitsu tournaments. But he’s decided to focus on that second career for now. And he made that decision in late 2010 — even before his latest loss.

“I had actually talked to (my manager) Monte (Cox) about taking a break,” he said. “He said he thought it was a good idea. I had been fighting so much. … I was getting burned out. I wasn’t in a good place mentally.”

So, Hazelett has been attending EMT courses at Scarlet Oaks. He’ll finish in June, and then he hopes to find a job with 24-on/48-off hours. Indianapolis firefighter Chris Lytle, for example, has fought 11 years in the UFC because such a schedule leaves plenty of time for training.

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