Three fighters who are not likely to be feeling in the Christmas spirit at this moment in time are Dustin Hazelett, Joe Doerksen and Pat Audinwood who have each been released from the UFC following their recent defeats at UFC 124 earlier this month.

Hazelett has been with the company since 2006 and had built a reputation as a skilled jiu-jitsu practitioner, claiming two ‘Submission Of The Night’ awards and four submission victories in total inside the octagon.

In his first few years in the promotion Hazelett compiled a solid 5-2 record, but after over a year’s absence he returned in 2010 and was unable to pick up where he left off. Three defeats followed, suffering a KO, a TKO and perhaps most disappointingly a submission loss to Mark Bocek at UFC 124 which ultimately would lead to his release.

Doerksen’s history with the UFC goes back even further, having first fought for them at UFC 49 back in 2004. He has dipped in and out of the promotion since then, building up a total of 9 fights. Remarkably he’s won just two of them during that spell so his release shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Finally there’s Audinwood who’s brief spell in the UFC only lasted from September to December, picking up two losses during that period, leaving the 24 year-old’s career record standing at 9-2-1.

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