Jay hieron

Jay Hieron

Jay Hieron is the retired former IFL welterweight champion. He has also fought for Bellator, Strikeforce where he amassed victories over Jesse Taylor and Joe Riggs and finally for the UFC.

He was thought to possibly be next heading to the UFC after his contract with Strikeforce expired. Instead, Hieron signed with Bellator to compete in their fourth season welterweight tournament. He was set to face Steve Carl in the tournament's first round. Carl was injured and replaced by Anthony Lapsley. Hieron defeated Lapsley via first-round technical submission due to a rear-naked choke. The stoppage was a controversial one, but Hieron advanced nonetheless.

He next faced Brent Weedman in the semifinals, but the victory was once again controversial as many fans scored the fight for Weedman. Regardless, Hieron moved on to the finals to face the undefeated judo practitioner Rick Hawn. He defeated Hawn via a close split decision. Hieron next faced Ben Askren for the Bellator welterweight title, losing via a hard-fought and bloody split decision.

Hieron next faced Romario da Silva in the LFC, winning via second round D'arce choke submission. Hieron then stepped in on short notice to return to the UFC and replace Josh Koscheck in a rematch against Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger defeated Hieron via a close and relatively uneventful unanimous decision.

Hieron next signed to face dangerous striker and grappler Erick Silva in February 2013. Unfortunately Silva was injured and replaced on about a month's notice by Strikeforce veteran and UFC newcomer, the wrestler Tyron Woodley. Woodley knocked Hieron out very quickly and afterwards Hieron was again cut from the UFC.

About a year later Hieron retired from the sport of mixed martial arts in March 2014.


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