Jay Hieron

Affliction’s Day of Reckoning Shaping Up

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for Affliction Entertainment’s second PPV effort, Day of Reckoning.  The fight card will feature Fedor Emelianenko defending his WAMMA Heavyweight Championship against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Andre “The Pitbull” Arlovski.  The event is set to take place on January 24, 2009 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. 

Main Card live on Showtime PPV
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski
Josh Barnett vs. TBA
Matt Lindland vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon
Vitor Belfort vs. TBA

Undercard live on HDNet
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Paul Buentello vs. Kiril Sidelnikov
Brett Cooper vs TBA
Albert Rios vs Antonio Duarte
Mark Hominick vs LC Davis
Jay Hieron vs. Jason High

Report: Hieron to Face High at Affliction II


Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron will reportedly take on undefeated prospect Jason High in a yet-to-be-announced bout at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on January 24 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California according to Five Ounces of Pain. Sources close to the fight have stated that the fight has likely been finalized.

Hieron, who currently trains out of Las Vegas-based Xtreme Couture, last fought at “Night of Combat II” on October 11, where he defeated last-minute replacement opponent Chris Kennedy via unanimous decision. Hieron had been slated to fight Drew Fickett prior to Affliction’s decision to move the event to early next year.

Like his counterpart, High was also scheduled to be part of Affliction’s second show before it’s postponement, previously signing to fight Mike Pyle. High sports a perfect 6-0 record thus far in his professional career. He most recently submitted Markhaile Wedderburn with a first-round guillotine choke at a Iroquois Mixed Martial Arts Championships event in June.

“Night of Combat II” Fight Card Changes


Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Following a reported positive test for marijuana, Bryson Kamaka has been taken off from tonight’s “Night of Combat II” card, which is being promoted by Kim Couture’s KC Concepts and Scott Kelp’s Superfights MMA and will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The news comes from a report by Five Ounces of Pain.

MMA on Tap has since been able to confirm through the management team of former IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron, who was Kamaka’s original opponent, that he will now face local product Chris Kennedy at the event.

Kennedy, who currently fights out of Las Vegas, has won his last three fights, most recently earning a third-round submission of Mike Arranz at Jeremy Horn’s Elite Fight Night on July 12. Kennedy has also gone the distance with fellow welterweight prospect Josh Williams and “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Joe Duarte during his brief career.

Hieron has not competed since successfully defending his IFL belt against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller in April. He became the IFL’s first-ever welterweight champion after defeating Donnie Liles and Delson Heleno in consecutive fights. The Long Island native is currently keeping in shape by training at Xtreme Couture. He was originally slated to take on Drew Fickett on October 11 at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show before it was postponed until early next year.

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Cooper-Speight Finalizes Affliction II Card


Brett Cooper. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

A welterweight bout between IFL veteran Brett Cooper and undefeated prospect Patrick Speight will reportedly finalize Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” card, which will take place on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV according to a report by MMA News.

Affliction VP Tom Atencio was said to have confirmed Cooper vs. Speight as the final bout to be signed for the event yesterday. Both fighters were originally scheduled to be part of Affliction’s “Banned” show on July 19 but were removed from the card due to unknown reasons.

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Report: Hieron-Fickett Likely at Affliction II


Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron could reportedly take on fellow UFC veteran Drew Fickett at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show on October 11th in Las Vegas.

Fickett’s manager, Alexander Oxendine has informed Sherdog.com that his client has verbally accepted the bout, although talks are still ongoing and nothing is set in stone.

Hieron has not competed since successfully defending his IFL belt against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller in April. He became the IFL’s first-ever welterweight champion after defeating Donnie Liles and Delson Heleno in consecutive fights. The Long Island native is currently keeping in shape by training at Xtreme Couture.

Although he has been fairly active this year, especially in recent months, Fickett has been embroiled lately in a feud with MFC President Mark Pavelich after breaching a contract he had with the organization by accepting a last-minute fight in a Strikeforce show in June. Fickett was upset by Richard Villa in his Rage in the Cage return last month but bounced back to defeat Joe Manzello just six days later.

Fight of the Day: Jay Hieron vs. Mark Miller

A little something new we’re starting here at MMA on Tap. From the IFL’s New Jersey show this past April, here’s IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron making his first title defense against scrappy veteran Mark Miller.

Surprises and Switches at Affliction Presser


Tito Ortiz was nowhere to be found at today’s Affliction press conference in Las Vegas, fueling speculation that may not have signed with the promotion after all. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Affliction Entertainment held a press conference earlier this afternoon at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to confirm a quartet of fights and reveal broadcast details for the promotion’s scheduled “Day of Reckoning” event, which will take place on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

Among the bouts officially announced today by Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio included two previously reported bouts: a rematch between IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko and longtime divisional contender Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and a middleweight contest between former UFC standouts Vitor Belfort and Matt Lindland.

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More Details on EliteXC’s Next Show on CBS


Robbie Lawler. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

With EliteXC’s next network television event on CBS being officially announced for July 26th, additional details have surfaced regarding a potential venue for the show, some of the participants on the card, and the potential of featuring three title fights on the broadcast as well.

In his latest column for Yahoo! Sports, Dave Meltzer is reporting that EliteXC officials will work with executives from both Showtime and CBS on a dual-network show that would have Showtime air a 60-90 minute lead-in show that would feature a couple of preliminary fights before the main card goes live on CBS later that night, marking the first time in the history of this sport where two networks have combined to air a single event.

The promotion has already revealed the main event of the show as EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler will go head-to-head with Scott Smith in an anticipated rematch of their exciting bout that took place just two weeks ago during Memorial Day weekend. The first bout between the two ended in a no-contest after Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye in the third round of their bout.

The ringside doctor ultimately ruled that Smith was unable to continue due to vision problems, despite protests from Smith himself to let the fight continue. However after the fight, Smith admitted that he would have likely been knocked out by Lawler because he couldn’t fully see out of his eye. Distraught as well after the fight was Lawler, who may now find solace in the fact that EliteXC officials have been working to bring the event to his hometown of St. Louis. Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall seems to be the second option.

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Shields-Fickett Looking Unlikely


Drew Fickett submits Jae Suk Lim. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

It was only a little more than three months ago when Jake Shields and Drew Fickett were set to battle it out in order to crown EliteXC’s first-ever welterweight champion. Their March date was squashed after Shields suffered a back injury during the week leading up to the bout, forcing Fickett to take on Jae Suk Lim instead.

A fight between the two was tentatively scheduled for this past weekend’s “Return of the King” event, but concerns involving Shields ability to be ready in time for the fight began to mount. Then unexpectedly, it was Fickett who fell victim to the injury bug, suffering a knee injury during training. Or did he?

Five Ounces of Pain points out that while Fickett signed on to fight rising Canadian prospect Ryan Ford at a Maximum Fighting Championship event in July, his most recent fight, a submission win over Jeff Horlacher at a Rage in the Cage event just ten days go, has flown under the radar.

Why would Fickett take a fight on June 7th if he was supposedly too injured to be able to compete against Shields one week later?

While his injury healing up quicker than expected and Shields deciding against fighting this past weekend could have happened, Shields camp says that isn’t the case according to the latest post on their graciefighter.com site.

Apparently EliteXC officials have been unable to get in contact with Fickett and are now considering releasing him from his contract, a move that would go against the type of employee Fickett has been to other organization’s in the past.

In addition, Shields will now be fighting in one of the featured bouts on EliteXC’s next network television event on CBS on July 26th. Two current welterweight champions in different organizations are being discussed as potential opponents for Shields: BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thompson and reigning IFL welterweight title holder Jay Hieron.

Inside Xtreme Couture

In the latest episode of RawVegas’ “Inside Xtreme Couture”, a bunch of fighters who have upcoming fights are featured: Jay Hieron, Kim Couture, Sam Stout, and Mac Danzig. Boxing coach Ron Frazier breaks down the hectic schedule that the gym has had to deal with recently as so many are involved with upcoming fights.

Even though the show was filmed prior to this past weekend, it still gives a very interesting look as to what goes on inside the gym. Hieron and Couture, who fought on separate shows last weekend were both victorious. Hieron successfully defended his IFL welterweight title over Mark Miller while Couture picked up her first professional win against Jessica Cruz.

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