Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010
Jay Hieron Signs with Bellator FC
By FCF Staff
One of the sport’s top free agent welterweights, the veteran Jay Hieron, has signed an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championship and will compete in the promotion’s upcoming fourth season.
“Jay Hieron is a fantastic signing for us at 170 lbs.,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney in the official announcement. “Jay is a world-class fighter with serious talent. I can’t wait to see him back on National television competing against other top fighters where he belongs. Jay’s a spectacular addition to our upcoming season 4 welterweight tournament, where he could earn a shot at our Bellator Welterweight World Champion, Ben Askren.”
Hieron (19-4) will make his Bellator debut riding a seven fight winning streak. The Xtreme Couture fighter hasn’t competed since January, however, when he worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Joe Riggs at Strikeforce’s “Miami” card.
“It’s just a great fit for me,” said Hieron. “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.”
The former collegiate wrestler began transitioned into professional MMA in 2003. Since that time Hieron has competed for various organizations, including the aforementioned Strikeforce, the UFC, Affliction, the International Fight League and Ring of Combat.
Bellator’s season four welterweight tourney will begin sometime in 2011.
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 12:20 pm