This is the third installment of the Ropes, Ring and Cage UFC 91 preview, airing live on PPV this Saturday from Las Vegas, NV. Every day, RRC will provide background and analysis on one of the televised bouts. On Thursday, RRC will preview Kenny Florian vs. Joe Stevenson.
(Note: Amir Sadollah had to pull out of his Saturday fight due to a leg infection. This bout was announced to replace it on the main card.)
Dustin Hazelett (11-4) vs. Tamdan McCrory (9-2) - welterweights
The man known as "McLovin" has been fighting professionally since October 2004. He compiled a 7-2 record in regional promotions in Wisconsin, Ohio and Mississippi before making his UFC debut with a submission loss to Tony DeSouza in October 2006. He rebounded nicely, nabbing three straight submission victories in 2007.
Hazelett has fought twice in 2008, losing via TKO (kicks/punches) to Josh Koscheck in March and defeating Josh Burkman with an armbar submission at June's Ultimate Fighter seven Finale, getting Fight of the Night honors and Submission of the Night. He is a black belt in BJJ.
The 9-1 welterweight is an Ithaca, NY, native and a co-owner of CNY MMA in Cortland, NY. He's a college graduate and, by the way, he likes to fight. After racking up a 7-0 record on the regional circuit in Massachusetts and New York, McCrory made his UFC debut in June 2007 by defeating veteran Pete Spratt with a triangle choke submission in the 2nd round.
Five months later, Akihiro Gono handed him his first defeat with a second-round armbar submission. Out for most of 2008, McCrory returned in August and beat Luke Cummo via unanimous decision at UFC 87. His nickname? The Barn Cat.
Youth will be served in this fight as Hazelett and McCrory combined aren't as old as Randy Couture. But both are experienced in fighting and have some impressive wins on their records. Honestly, this is going to be a coin-flip for an advantage as both fighters' submission is on point and both are not on long winning streaks going in. One thing to watch is that the 6'4" McCroroy has a three-inch height advantage. Thanks to Amir Sadollah's leg infection, this fight is now moved up to the televised show and it'll be up to two young guys to prove that trust was worth it.
Hazelett via unanimous decision.
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