Birthdays often come with presents covered in colorful paper and shiny bows. However, this year Anthony Lapsley received a gift wrapped in a cage and only lacking “bows” due to the risk of a fight ending on cuts amd interfering with recovery time. Lapsley, who turns 31 tomorrow, was named by Bellator Fighting Championships as a replacing an injured Steve Carl against Jay Hieron on March 5 in a quarterfinal fight when the company fires up its cameras for Season 4.

“(Hieron) is actually a fighter I’ve always enjoyed watching, I just never thought I’d have the opportunity to fight him,” the Indiana native began. “It’s going to be a war. It’s going to be a war because I’m going to make it a war. He’s been on some big shows and fought some really tough guys, but it’s my turn now. If Jay looks past me for a second, he’s going to lose. I plan on him losing anyway, but if he makes the mistake of looking past me, he’s going to get caught, in the worst way.”

Lapsley is 19-4 in his career with thirteen submission wins to his credit. He has emerged successful in his last four outings including a second-round Rear Naked Choke of Ryan Williams at Bellator 7. He also holds a cut-based victory over fellow Season 4 welterweight Brent Weedman from 2007.

In Hieron he’ll face a fighter with the exact same professional record but higher profile based on the Long Islander’s success over the likes of notable opponents like Joe Riggs, Jason High, Jesse Taylor, Pat Healy, Jake Ellenberger, and others.

Joining Lapsley, Hieron, and Weedman at Bellator 35 when the first round of the Season 4 Welterweight Tournament takes place will be “Judo” Jim Wallhead, Rick Hawn, Chris “The Assassin” Lozano, Dan Hornbuckle, and former title-holder Lyman Good. Fans can watch the first step of their journey towards a $100,000 check and shot at Bellator 170-pound champ Ben Askren unfold live on MTV2.