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Jay Hieron joins Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament

The question regarding where Jay Hieron would land after having received his release from Strikeforce in August has finally been answered!

According to a press release from Bellator, the 19-4 welterweight will be joining the crop of 170-pounders competing in the promotion’s forthcoming divisional tournament with the winner ultimately advancing to face current champ Ben Askren.

When asked about his decision to sign with Bellator, the XTreme Couture original replied, “At this point in my career, I want to stay as active as possible, and the tournament format allows me to do that. It’s a great organization, and it’s just the perfect fit.”

Hieron, who Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney labeled “a world-class fighter with serious talent,” has won nine of the last ten times he’s stepped into the ring including his last seven bouts. Among others, “The Thoroughbred” holds notable past victories against Joe Riggs, Jesse Taylor, and Jake Ellenberger.

  • MCM says:

    It was either gonna be Bellator or the UFC. I would have liked to see him back in the UFC. Sure he would have lost to GSP again but he can hold his own with the UFC’s top 10. Hopefully, Bellator will pick up a few more quality WW fighters as I can only think of 3 or 4 that would give Hieron a challenge.

  • boomnutz says:

    I wanted to see what Hieron could do in the UFC as well, i’m not sold on the fact that he could compete with top 10 WWs in the UFC but think he deserves a shot, and while i agree with you in regards to only a few fighters being able to hang with him in Bellator, i don’t think he has much of a chance against Funky Ben…his wrestling is top notch, like insane, good enough we’re i’d even like to see him fight GSP, although obvious GSP would work him over in the standup it would be a good gauge to see how Askren’s wrestling stacks up with GSPs MMA catered wrestling

  • Rece Rock says:

    Good signing for BFC I think he wanted to be more of a star after being buried in SF… in the UFC I think he would just blend into the mix and not shine right away like he will in a tourney format where he will fight often over a few months span and can brand himself quickly. ( should he win).


    I think this is the best signing for Hieron at this point in time-If all goes well he will get at least three fights in 2011 compared to Strikeforce’s atrocious scheduling of fighters

  • cutman says:

    Nice job Sam / Bellator this is the best ww tourney that we have seen, but don’t count out some of the other guys just yet..Season 4 is off the hook….How about the 55ers some serious talent there also. Cant we start this season next week so stoked ……..


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