But even before the latest loss, he had discussed a possible hiatus with manager Monte Cox.
"I had actually talked to Monte about taking a break," Hazelett told the "Dayton Daily News." "He said he thought it was a good idea. I had been fighting so much. ... I was getting burned out. I wasn't in a good place mentally."
So, Hazelett has been attending EMT courses at Scarlet Oaks. He’ll finish in June, and then he hopes to find a job with 24-on/48-off hours. Indianapolis firefighter Chris Lytle, for example, has fought 11 years in the UFC because such a schedule leaves plenty of time for training.
Hazelett initially dropped out of college as a teenager because his burgeoning fighting career was eating up so much time.
"I remember talking to my parents when I decided to drop out of college and started fighting professionally," he said. "I told them, 'This may not be an opportunity I get later in life. If I wait to finish college, this opportunity may be not be there.' I don't regret that decision."
Hazelett isn't sure when he'll return to MMA. In the meantime, he plans to compete in the Ohio Grappling Challenge.
He's also teaching a class at Jorge Gurgel’s MMA Academy for fighters planning pro careers. Fighters must audition for the class to assure all entrants are on a similar level and versed in grappling and striking. Hopefuls can call (513) 889-5851 for registration information.
In the future, though, could be his own return to MMA.
"I wanted to take a break and get hungry again," said Hazelett, who's now married with a kid on the way. "When you're fighting all the time, you get a little too relaxed about it. I took the 'another day in the office' mentality a little too far. I want to wait for the hunger to come back.
"But really, I'm not thinking too far ahead. I'm enjoying my time off. It's not really a break if you’re always thinking about your next fight."