Hieron Tops Bellator Welterweight Lineup


Jay Hieron. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime Sports.

One-time IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron has been officially added to Bellator Fighting Championships season four welterweight tournament, completing the field of eight fighters who are expected to begin fighting this spring.

The 34-year-old joins former Bellator title holder Lyman Good, Sengoku veteran Dan Hornbuckle, former Olympian Rick Hawn, Steve Carl, Jim Wallhead, Chris Lozano and Brent Weedman in the field.

Hieron last completed a contract under Strikeforce with two straight wins in the promotion, winning unanimous decisions over UFC veterans Jesse Taylor and Joe Riggs.

“I feel great right now. I turned a negative into a positive with my time off and just took the opportunity to sharpen my skills,” Hieron said in a press release. “When you’re training for a fight, the pressure’s on, so it’s hard to learn and evolve. It’s straight business. With this time off I’ve been able to focus on a lot of new techniques. Now I’m just excited to get back in there and show off my new arsenal.

“This is the exact type of situation I wanted to be in right now. With the tournament format, there’s no politics, no golden boys, and nobody getting protected, there’s none of that. If you win you move forward, and that’s that. That’s the bottom line and that’s exactly what I was looking for. I feel like I’ve been through as bad a situation that somebody can go through in their career, and I’m still here. Not only that, but my body’s right, I’m healthy, and I feel like it’s my time.”

The winner of the tourney will receive a $100,000 prize for their 90 days worth of work, as well as a shot at reigning Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren later this year.

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