Even though Sam Caplan hates our guts, we still have a lot of respect for his journalistic endeavors. Five Ounces of Pain is a great blend of news and opinion, and Caplan’s interviews for CBS are head and shoulders above the “Holy fuck this sucks” level most other interviews are at. Case in point: this awesome interview with Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett. Forget those cliche questions about training and UFC aspirations. This covers shit like worrying about your job:
CBSSports.com: The UFC has cut several fighters who have lost undercard bouts the past several months. Did you feel like that being dropped by the UFC was a possibility if you lost?
Dustin Hazelett: Coming into the fight, it’s always in the back of your mind that it’s a possibility. But Dana (White) always has a fighters meeting after the weigh-ins and he said, “If you come out here and you fight, we will not cut you, win or lose.” He was like, “If you lay it all on the line when you fight, you have nothing to worry about.” When he said that, I wasn’t worried at all because I knew it was going to be a good fight.
DH: I have a financial adviser now, Brad with Viva Advisor Group, and he’s been a tremendous help as far as sitting down with me and going everything that I’ve earned so that I have a complete total of how much money I have in the bank right now. And we’ll go over my expenses; how much I am spending on every single little thing. Then he’ll tell me how long I can last at that rate and he’ll tell me what I need to do and what I need to invest in.
That’s a tremendous help but before I got with him, fighters like Rich Franklin and Jorge Gurgel at the gym would be like, “You need to do this and this. And don’t spend money on stupid stuff like this and that. It’s a lot of money all at one time, so don’t be going out and spending it on stupid stuff.” They were really a big help before I got with Brad and now that I’m with Brad, he takes care of everything and tells me what I can and can’t afford.
And parental support:
DH: They were very supportive but I remember when I dropped out of college to move to Ohio to fight full time they weren’t very supportive of that. At first, they thought it was going to be a big mistake so they cut me off for a while but then they talked it over and my mom was like, “We were talking about it, and you might not have this opportunity a couple of years from now when you graduate college. We want you to be happy and you have a rare opportunity to live your dream. We can either leave you a big inheritance when we die or invest that money in you now and help you out when you need it.” So that’s what we decided to do and ever since then they’ve been incredibly supportive. And even before I dropped out they were supportive and had only missed a few of my fights.
The whole thing is worth a read and really lets you get to know Hazelett as a person. Props.