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Old 11-21-2008, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dustin Hazelett: "I want to be the best MMA Jiu Jitsu guy in the world"

Dustin Hazelett talks about his win over Tamdan McCrory and his future plans.

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On his fight with Tamdan McCrory...

"The main thing that threw me off was how calm he was on his feet. I watched every one of his tapes and he was aggressive and constantly coming forward. When I fought him, I had planned for that. I had a lot of counters set up for him, but he didnít rush forward. Every time I would step forward, he would step back."

"He actually used his reach really well in this fight. He would come far enough forward to hit me and not come close enough where I could do what I had practiced and that was to counter. "

"I felt I could have done so much better. I worked really hard on my standup. My standup is a lot better than I showed there."

"I actually kicked him in the head and it dropped him down a little bit and he grabbed me leg. When I kicked through, it dropped him so I just pulled guard."

"I figured he was like half conscious from the head kick so it would be a perfect time to pull guard."

On his Jiu Jitsu skills...

"I worked really hard on my Jiu Jitsu. I love Jiu Jitsu. Itís great to have real respected and well-known grapplers in their own right say youíre great; it donít get much better than that."

"What I was saying is one of my goals, as far as where I want to be, is to become one of the best MMA Jiu Jitsu guys in the world."

"Obviously in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Iím not near their level. Iím not world class by Jiu Jitsu competition standards, but they are. But the way I use Jiu Jitsu in MMAÖJiu Jitsu in MMA is different from Jiu Jitsu in Jiu Jitsu tournaments."

"I think a lot of people are going to try and stay standing with me now so itís very important that I become a better kickboxer and wrestler."

"I got into martial arts because I got bullied a lot. I had my head shoved in a toilet on more than one occasion. I got into martial arts as more of a necessity."

"I love fighting and for me, itís not about hurting people, being angry and pissed off and all of that. I just love the competition. I love getting to fight."

On his future plans...

"Iím not as focused now as I used to be on getting to the top quick. Iím enjoying the time in between fights and Iíve just been working on my skills and getting better."

"Iím not focusing on who Iím going to fight next or when Iím going to fight next. Iím just focusing on getting better."
Much more in the full interview:

http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content3848.html
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A sick MMA fighter that's humble? I can't wait to see more of this guy!
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Stating that people are going to try and stand with him, and that he should focus on standup and wrestling, is exactly right. Just don't go the route of Gurgel and forget what you are good at.

This guy has a very bright future, need to get him in with a top Muay Thai trainer, and he'll be a title contender for sure.
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I got all of my friends into this guy as well. He's hard not to like. I'm expecting big things from him in the future.
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he's right,....bjj and no gi submissions are almost 2 different sports....

way to go dustin
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Well the guy is sure on his way there thats for sure. The crazy-ass facial hair was so damn cool PIMP SHIT FOR SURE
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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his recent victory was so fun to watch, right after i was like "man this guy is for real".. good job dustin
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He looked great last weekend. He needs another year or two and I think he'll be somebody to watch out for.

Edit: And from that interview it sounds like he has the patience for that as well, hopefully some good trainers around him.
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Good for Dustin. It's best not to set the bar too low.
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't think he'll ever take the top MMA BJJ guy spot from Aoki, but I am more than happy to watch him try
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