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5 Oz. Exclusive: Last-reigning IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron officially a free agent

Jay Hieron, the final reigning welterweight champion of the International Fight League, received his formal release from the organization in recent weeks and is a full-fledged free agent. learned of this news Wednesday afternoon while speaking with his manager, Monte Cox.

According to Cox, Hieron is considering offers from Affliction, Strikeforce, the AFL, and EliteXC. Thus far, the UFC has not expressed an interest.

At one point it was thought that Hieron could be a prime asset in a reported acquisition of select assets from the IFL by the UFC’s parent company, Zuffa. However, no official announcement has been made yet by Zuffa or the IFL regarding an acquisition. Cox stated that at one point it appeared several contracts were going to be transferred and that for some inexplicable reason, the IFL went ahead and released all of its fighters.

Five Ounces of Pain has heard from multiple sources in recent days that there is existing doubt as to whether Zuffa’s deal with the IFL ever was completed.

  • ryan says:

    hieron is an improving fighter and has looked good in recent fights
    needs more competition but trains at xtreme couture and we have seen what happens to fighters that are training there they get much better

  • matt says:

    Same with Hordecki, who does he fight in Affliction if he signs? Atleast with Elite XC you give him to Shields as the first defense.

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Shields fights 170 lbs. Horodecki is 155’er.

  • Justin B says:

    The UFC don’t really need Hieron. There Welterweight class is pretty good. Elite XC could use him though for a challenger to shields belt and some much needed depth. I would like to see him and Paul Daley vs Hieron to see who fights Shield for the EXC titlte.

  • ryan says:

    yeah justin that is what i was thinking
    and i think hordoki well has has to show me supin at 155 yeah see shultz fight and then after that was not that strong but he has a big big up side
    and is fun to watch

  • Kelvin says:

    Yea, GSP already dismantled Hieron…

  • matt says:

    Sam…just noticed I wasn’t clear. Who do Horodecki and Hieron fight in Affliction. Atleast if Hieron fights in Elite he’d have a fight with Shields to look forward to.

  • ryan says:

    yeah but there are a lot of 55ers out there
    ufc only has a few and only one top ten the best bj
    but i don’t know the guys in dreams contracts like JZ ect
    but with strikeforce and elitexc willing to crosspromte you could see melendez, thompson, alvarez, knoons

  • Warcry says:

    Jay Hieron doesn’t want any part of the Ufc. He has to get that horrible beatdown GSp administered on him out of his mind first.

  • dpk says:

    WEC – the WEC Champ (Condit) vs the IFL champ (Hieron) for a UFC contract. It would be a good fight, and Condit needs some new competition


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