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Be careful what you ask for

Carlos Condit vs Paul Daley is off … Condit somehow managed to slice his hand open on some sheet metal (more details on that when the obvious “WTF sheet metal???” question is asked by someone), killing the fight and pissing Paul Daley off badly enough that he went onto the internet to bitch about the situation:

“I’d [accept] any fight.. I just wanna fight. Condit is a big pussy IMO, I have inside information on that dude….it’s all good as long as I fight,” he wrote, a comment that is sure to enrage former WEC welterweight champion Condit.

A source close to Daley said the British welterweight is under the impression Condit had not begun a proper training camp, and is questioning how long Condit had known he would not be fighting. “Paul has spent a shitload of money on this training camp out of his own pocket, and his team have bought non-refundable tickets to go out to the US for the fight so hopefully Paul gets another opponent for this card, he is really pissed off,” the source said.

In his post on The Underground, Daley went on to appeal to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva for a new opponent, suggesting a couple of names he would like to fight.  “Koshcheck…is a tough motherf*cker, but I accept the challenge. Hazellet has sick subs, and is dangerous, but I accept that fight too. Any top level fighter in 170lbs with a winning record. Joe make it happen.”

If Paul calling out Hazelett (and spelling his name wrong) has you raising your eyebrows, you’re not the only one. I love Paul, but his submission defense basically consists of trying to stay standing long enough to knock you out. And Dustin Hazelett is America’s answer to Shinya Aoki, only he can actually take a punch. Perhaps not every punch, and perhaps not Paul Daley’s punches. But Aoki is so bad at it that I thought I would make the distinction.

Anyways, the UFC has been looking for a Hazelett opening since Karo Parisyan bitched out of their UFC 106 fight, so of course they were more than happy to give Daley his request and book the the two against eachother. We’ll have to wait and see how that works out for the UK slugger, but while I won’t put Hazelett above Condit in difficulty, I will say he seems like a much worse stylistic matchup for Daley than Condit was.

Oh, and just because it never gets old reminding everyone of how cursed this event is, here’s the list of canceled fights from UFC 108:

  • Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort
  • Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin
  • Big Nog vs Cain Velasquez
  • Gabriel Gonzaga vs Junior Dos Santos
  • Paul Daley vs Carlos Condit

versus the main card as it stands now:

  • Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva
  • Paul Daley vs Dustin Hazelett
  • Junior Dos Santos vs Gilbert Yvel
  • Joe Lauzon vs Sam Stout
  • Tyson Griffin vs Jim Miller