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Jay Hieron exits Bellator 43 as top contender to Ben Askren’s title

After struggling for the past few years to solidify an opportunity at promotional gold, talented welterweight Jay Hieron has finally procured his position as top contender and will see championship action in the near future due to a hard-fought Split Decision over fellow Season 4 Tournament finalist Rick Hawn tonight at Bellator 43.

The two 170ers battled it out for fifteen minutes on their feet with Hieron circling throughout and Hawn seemingly landing more of the damage. However, when everything was said and done it was “The Thoroughbred” who walked away with a crack at Ben Askren’s belt and a $100,000 check for his efforts.

Debuting 135er Chase Beebe made his case for a future title-shot with a first round submission of opponent Jose Vega after eventually locking in one of a number of attempted Guillotine Chokes. With the win Beebe earned a spot in the Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament.

Fellow newcomer Joe Riggs did not fare as well as Beebe, as he ended up suffering a second-round TKO to Bryan Baker after a valiant effort leading up to the finish. Also notable was Baker’s decision to propose to his girlfriend after the victory to which she jubilantly accepted. Five Ounces of Pain would like to extend their congratulations to the couple and wish them the best in the future!

Read below for a complete list of Bellator 43 results:

Michael Osborn def. Mike Schatz via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
David Rickles def. Rich Bouphanouvong via Submission Round 2 (Triangle Choke)
Ron Sparks def. Vince Lucero via Submission Round 1 (Keylock)
Chase Beebe def. Jose Vega via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Bryan Baker def. Joe Riggs via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Jay Hieron def. Rick Hawn via Split Decision

PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR

9 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    Jay “don’t call me Leonard Garcia” Hieron

  • Jak says:

    I’m glad Bellator is getting very little in the way of responses and viewership anymore.

    I love MMA, but I hate that we just have to “accept” these decisions.

    The fact that very few are even responding goes to show that very few are even watching anymore.

    I was a steadfast promoter of Bellator for the first while, but now i hope them and their non stop Warran/Galvao type decisions crash and burn their way out of MMA.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    decisions have certainly favored the more marketable fighters in Bellator, however i have thoroughly enjoyed this season, and series 5 is looking awesome already. though saying that just last year pat curran picked up two dubious decisions against Huerta and Imada (i thought they both should have gone the other way), when wins the other way would have been so much better for Bellator.
    and it isn’t jsut Bellator who have shit decisions, one of the worse decisions i seen this year is Nick ‘promote the shit TUF fighter’ Ring doing nothing to Riki Fukuda for 15 minues and coming out on top.

    thought Rick Hawn did enough to get the nod, but a split decision either way isnt a surprise.
    can’t wait to see those pitbulls

  • MCM says:

    I don’t think promotions have any say in who actually wins the fights. Unless of course you’re the UFC. Then it’s just obvious you hate Martin Kammpman and are determined to ruin his record. *sarcasm*
    Truth is, all promotions have questionable decisions. That’s more a comment on judges (surprise) than the organization.

  • MCM says:

    BTW.
    Happy Mother’s day, all you mother ******.

  • Lord Faust says:

    @Jak – are we really so spoiled for fights these days that you’re HAPPY Bellator has low ratings?

  • Sykotick says:

    Alls Ima say is some of the best fights have been decisions,
    And some BADASS fights have had questionable decisions, (Garcia v Jung, Garcia v Phan, Machida v Shogun 1, Sanchez v Kampmann)
    Don’t sit and pout cuz a judge screwed it up cuz more often then not the fights get rematched, it was still a badass fight.

  • boomnutz says:

    I don’t understand why people don’t get it. The referees and judges are totally separate from the promoters. The promoters can request that certain judges or refs not participate in their events, but that’s as far as it goes.

  • Guthookd says:

    Hawn won that fight, IMO. Jay backpeddled the entire time. And can someone tell me WTF is up with calling your self “The Thoroughbred” when you are clearly a mixed race person? That is the dumbest shit ever.

    Baker looked good against Riggs. I’m enjoying the end of Joe’s career. Crash and burn homie.

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