Friday, March 13, 2009

Johnson vs. Hazelett rumored for TUF9 Finale

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So the obvious question: who will step up to fight the hard hitting welterweight? Some guy on the UG named IrishFighter110 says it will be none other than Dustin Hazelett. It’s your classic “unassuming white kid with a lumberjack beard who was picked on as a child and learned jiu-jitsu as a result” versus “explosive jacked black guy with a knack for separating individuals from consciousness who hates getting poked in the eye” fight. Or your classic “striker” versus “grappler” match-up. Whichever.

This is not only a step up in competition for Johnson but a vast improvement for the card. Nothing against John Howard, but the guy was booked in order for Johnson to get another W on his way to becoming a contender. Now the fight has real significance on the 170lb weight class.

‘Rumble’ and ‘McLovin’ are arguably the two fastest rising up-and-comers in the welterweight division. The winner will make the leap from prospect to contender, while the loser will get knocked back down the ladder. This is the type of fight that fighters and fans alike get excited for. Let’s hope IrishFighter110 isn’t bullshitting.

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