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Adam Roberts 21st Dec 2009 - 19:08

UFC 108: Paul Daley Vs Dustin Hazelett - welterweight bout.

Paul Daley 4/5, Dustin Hazelett 10/11.

As evidenced by the odds on offer, it's very difficult to split these fighters and pick a likely winner.

However, their chance of winning this fight is almost all they have in common. "Semtex" Daley comes in to the Octagon armed with explosive power in both hands, and for only the second time in the UFC.

His debut saw a shock TKO defeat of welterweight contender Martin Kampmann, which has rocketed him onto the main card. He does have experience to belie his 26 years of age however, with a record of 22-8-2.

The British-based fighter also holds wins over Duane Ludwig and Jess Liaudin, having fought in several other promotions, along with a submission defeat to Jake Shields.

Daley trains at Rough House gym in Nottingham, alongside title-chasing compatriot Dan Hardy; his willingness to step in for the injured Mike Swick and fight Kampmann at UFC 103 led to Hardy's top contender matchup with Swick at 105, thus abetting his training partner's prospective title shot.

To further build on his stand up, he also spends time at Vos Gym in Holland, the European hotbed of Muay Thai fighters. His time here has contributed to Daley's reputation one of the most fearsome strikers in the division, and he will undoubtedly want to keep this fight on its feet.

Hazelett differs in being a ground fighter, a Jiu Jitsu black belt under Jorge Gurgel, and an experienced UFC warrior with a 12-4 record (5-2 in the UFC) at just 23 years of age.

His last two fights have seen "Submission of the Night" awards, over Tamdan McCrory and Josh Burkman, with the latter also being anointed "Submission of the Year" by Sherdog.com.

Eight submission wins from his twelve victories point to Hazelett's comprehensive BJJ ability on the mat, and the Burkman submission, which began as a takedown, transitioned into a step over armbar, shows that he can apply his fight-ending skills from any position.

The longer this fight goes, the better Hazelett's chances of getting Daley to the ground and locking in a sub.

I feel his chances of leaving the Octagon victorious depend on his weathering the early assault from Daley and keeping his chin protected, as a single shot from Daley could easily be enough to have Dustin counting his own arms, with little hope of tying up one of his opponent's.

Provided he can survive the menacing combinations thrown by Daley, I see Hazelett having far too much on the ground and winning this fight in the second or third by submission. His leggy physique, at 6'1" tall is well suited to his patient ground attacks, giving him the tools necessary for triangle chokes and armbars from the bottom.

The more compact, 5'9" Daley packs his 12 stone around the shoulders and torso and his power is unquestionable, but I don't see the 4/5 available as great value given his naivety on the ground.

What I do see is a classic matchup, striker vs. grappler, and two very well matched opponents. For Joe Silva's sake in dealing with the injury crisis afflicting the UFC, I hope to see this one as Fight of the Night.

Paul Daley 4/5, Dustin Hazelett 10/11.


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