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BREAKING: Jay Hieron Returns to the UFC to Face Jake Ellenberger at UFC 151

(That’s an understatement.)

Talk about the opportunity of a lifetime.

After a seven year absence from Zuffa’s graces that saw him go 16-3 in various promotions including Bellator, Strikeforce, and most recently Legacy Fighting Championships, highly-ranked welterweight Jay Hieron will finally be returning to the UFC to take on Jake Ellenberger in Josh Koscheck’s absence in the co-main event of UFC 151.

Awwwwww yeah!! 

As you may recall, after losing a title bid to Ben Askren in a highly controversial (re: bullshit) split decision at Bellator 56, Hieron became locked in a bitter contract dispute with Bellator that ended with him returning his signing bonus in order to be relieved of his contract. When breaking the news of his free agent status via his twitter account, Hieron tweeted that it was “time for me to work my way back up to the top.” One can not think of a faster way of doing so than by knocking off a top contender in Ellenberger on less than a month’s notice.

Hieron has not competed in the UFC since October of 2005, where he suffered a third round TKO via cut loss to the now-retired Jonathan Goulet in one of the bloodiest MMA fights you will ever see. Now 11-1 in his past twelve, Hieron’s lone defeat in the past five years was the aforementioned loss to Askren in their welterweight title bout.

Ellenberger, on the other hand, is coming off a tough TKO loss of his own at the hands and knees of comeback all-star Martin Kampmann at the TUF 15 Finale. The loss was the first in his 33-fight career to come by way of (T)KO, and snapped an impressive six-fight win streak that included wins over Diego Sanchez, Jake Shields, and Mike Pyle among others.

One has to imagine that bailing the UFC out on short notice will at least buy Hieron a couple more fights even if he is unsuccessful against Ellenbgerger, but what do you think, Potato Nation? Will Hieron’s glorious return end in triumph or defeat?

-J. Jones

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Cornerman- August 11, 2012 at 2:39 am
Damn I love the Thoroughbred, but the Juggernaut is gonna roll out on he.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- August 9, 2012 at 5:33 am
Good to see Hieron get another shot at the UFC, he's a tough guy and he clawed his way back in...he should definitely be rewarded with another fight or two for taking this fight....unless he looks like a huge bitch, which I don't see happening
JudgeHolden- August 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm
I was in attendance at the last Legacy show. Hieron fought in the main event and partially locked in a D'arce choke and the referee jumped in way too early. Hieron's opponent wasn't even sort of out--he was completely fine.

I'm glad that I got to see him in his last non-UFC fight. After his fight with Ellenberger though...
J.Jones- August 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm
Looks like we got a bunch of funny guys in here, eh? You know what I do with funny guys? I offer them a job as my editor, that's what.
Alan K- August 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm
Jay's also 16-3 in his last 15 fights. Very impressive.
whatchawhozeit- August 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm
11-1 in your last 10? it must be that new meth....i mean math the kids are talking. about
macreadysshack- August 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm
You win some and you lose some. Evidently you win AND lose some, too. 11-1 in your last ten.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm
I'll give you 12:2 odds he was 11-1 in his last 10.
tranwreck- August 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm
its mathematically impossible to go 11-1 in your last ten
masliar3- August 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm
He has a good chance to knock off Ellenberger seeing as Kampmann is his training buddy! Been waiting a while for Jay to get back in the UFC