Yeah, I know it’s really UFN11, but the MMA gods have been hammering this event almost as hard as UFC67. Originally this card featured Spencer Fisher vs Din Thomas and Mike Swick vs Jonathan Goulet. Spencer got canned with a bad case of mat rot, and now Mike Swick is out with a rib injury. UFC brass managed to pull things out of the fire a bit, replacing Fisher with feisty contender Kenny Florian, but Mike Swick’s replacement is much less impressive: Dustin Hazelett.
Who? Yeah, I know how you feel. Hazelett’s biggest accomplishment in the octagon was getting kimura’d by the Tony the Geiko Caveman DeSouza. Past that he’s beaten two undercard opponents who are even more obscure than he is.
Of course, it’s not surprising … Mike Swick was fucking stupid to accept a fight against Jonathan Goulet to begin with, and it’s just as bad of an idea for any other prominent welterweight. Despite some goofy losses (and even goofier haircuts), Goulet has some serious skills. But he’s not good enough that you’d actually get much glory for beating the guy. In fact, a loss to Goulet (who’s just returning to the Octagon after a 13 month exodus) would dump you back at the bottom of the totem pole with TUF noobs and undercard rejects.
Anyways, it’s too bad Swick/Goulet has been canned … their fighting styles made for fight of the night material. I don’t know enough about Dustin Hazelett to say much about the match now, except that I’m not really excited to see this fight any more. At least I’m no longer conflicted about wanting Goulet to win.