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Jay Hieron Signs Up For Bellator’s Season 4 Welterweight Tourney

Jay Hieron‘s stint with Strikeforce has been one kick in the nuts after another. Since debuting last August at Carano vs. Cyborg, the former IFL champ has only competed once more for the promotion, and both of his appearances have been buried on untelevised preliminary cards. He signed with Strikeforce under the impression that he’d be getting a title shot against Nick Diaz — then saw himself get line-jumped by Marius Zaromskis. After he and Strikeforce couldn’t see eye-to-eye this year on contract re-negotiations, Hieron became one of MMA’s most valuable (and frustrated) free-agents.

According to a press release distributed last night, Hieron has decided to take his talents to Bellator for their season 4 welterweight tournament, which is slated to kick off in December and already features such 170-pound standouts as Dan Hornbuckle, Jim Wallhead, and Rick Hawn; the winner of the eight-man bracket will receive a big-ass check (yay!) and a shot at current champ Ben Askren (NOOOO!). Hieron explained his decision like so:

It’s just a great fit for me. 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.”

After competing 1-2 times a year for the last three years, the temptation of banging out three fights in a matter of weeks must have been too great for Hieron to pass up. It’ll be interesting to see how well he can perform with a little momentum behind him. Hieron has won his last seven appearances, and hasn’t lost a fight since being knocked out by Brad Blackburn three-and-a-half years ago.

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Sakuraba3900- November 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm
He might lose to Hornbuckle but he will wreck Askren. I saw him at the NoGi worlds 2 weeks ago and he got smashed in his first fight in the PURPLE BELT div...

elviradarkness- November 16, 2010 at 11:52 am
Nice! Jay could win the 100gs Askren and Hornbuckle will be a tough test for him though
budsellers- November 16, 2010 at 11:12 am
wasn't there a story or two about bellator being in hot water (financially and without tv deal) recently? heiron sure knows how to pick those winning organizations!
RwilsonR- November 16, 2010 at 9:45 am
I think this is the best move possible for Jay. He is a good and entertaining fighter, but despite what this article says about him being one of MMA's most "valuable" free agents, he really isn't worth that much to the UFC. I think he is great, but I don't think he would be more than a solid gatekeeper at WW for the UFC, and they aren't dying to add new guys at 170 since they can already make a lot of great fights. I think for the place Jay is in, he could have a very good possiblility of making some good money if he wins Bellator's tourney. Although, Askren might be a tough fight for him afterwards...
Smitty- November 16, 2010 at 9:21 am
When I think of Jay Hieron, I can't help think of his Lesnar-esk moves when GSP knocked him into a drunken belly dance of fuck!
KarmaAteMyCat- November 16, 2010 at 8:34 am
Theres a good chance of that happening.
RSparrow- November 16, 2010 at 8:08 am
Amen brother, Amen.

The girl that I was dating went ape shit on me because I was (pumping gas for too long) this weekend.

They still have one more fighter spot to fill, so Hieron makes 7 out of 8. The only ranked fighters would be him and Dan Hornbuckle, and they are top 25 WW.
destinationblood- November 16, 2010 at 8:05 am
You think he'll run thru their division?
ArmFarmer- November 16, 2010 at 7:35 am
Even that doesn't compare to the batshit crazy that females bring to the table...
RSparrow- November 16, 2010 at 7:26 am
No wonder why women think us guys are fucking crazy, hahaha... look at that fucking picture. Lmao
KarmaAteMyCat- November 16, 2010 at 7:22 am
Joe Riggs looks like Jake Shields in that picture. Jay is an amazing fighter to so this should be entertaining.
ArmFarmer- November 16, 2010 at 7:04 am
You have a former ufc fighter, and a former ifl champ.. and your organization sucks and has a limited selection of known fighters.. yet you put this guy on the untelevised fights??
ReX13- November 16, 2010 at 6:44 am
I'll say it again:  Bellator's 170 class is getting deep, and more and more talent is being signed.  Looking forward to season 4.Side note:  still no official word for when this starts.  I believe not until January, though.
LOKI- November 16, 2010 at 6:31 am
"You dont know where I've been Jay! (shakes out more blood from his face) YOU DONT KNOW WHERE I'VE BEEN!!! (maniacle laughter)
destinationblood- November 16, 2010 at 6:21 am
Joe Riggs looks like Kevin Connolly there
grillalives- November 16, 2010 at 6:13 am
im actually surprised he hasnt been drawn to the UFC before this, its looked that way a few times but just never turned out for him- WAR HIERON
grillalives- November 16, 2010 at 6:11 am
stoked- love this guy, awesome fighter