Dustin Hazelett plans to drop to lightweight

After dropping back-to-back fights for the first time in his career, Dustin Hazelett will drop down to the lightweight division. Rick Story stopped the submission wizard last Saturday night at UFC 117.

Hazelett previously fought as a lightweight against Diego Saraiva back at UFC 67. Before losing to Story, vaunted striker Paul Daley stopped Hazelett by knockout at UFC 108. Despite the losses, Hazelett’s UFC record currently stands at 5-4. He holds victories over Tamdan McCrory, Josh Burkman and Jonathan Goulet. His reverse armbar submission over McCrory earned him “Submission of the Night” honors.

In an interview with Heavy.com, Hazelett’s trainer Jorge Gurgel confirmed the drop to lightweight. He also indicated that the fighter consistently “walks around at 173 pounds.” Gurgel himself currently competes in the Strikeforce lightweight division and will be competing against KJ Noons at Strikeforce: Houston on Aug. 21.

Gurgel also confirmed that despite the losing streak, Hazelett still has a job with the UFC.

Dustin Hazelett talking to ProMMANow’s Brian Furby prior to UFC 117