The Return of Hieron at the Octagon for UFC 151 Co-Headliner

Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron returns to the Octagon. It has been confirmed last Wednesday that Hieron is expected to replace injured Josh Koscheck to fight against Jake Ellenberger at the UFC 151 for a co-main event. MMAJunkie.com was the first to report this match-up.

UFC 151 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It is headlined by a light heavyweight title defense by Jon Jones against Dan Henderson a former Strikeforce champion. “The Thoroughbred” has won 11 fights of his last 12; he has joined the Bellator Fighting Championships in 2011. He has defeated extraordinary fighters Anthony Lapsley, Brent Weedman and Rick Hawn to capture the welterweight tournament crown at Season 4. The fighter has suffered so much in capturing the title shot but as the Xtreme Couture rep suffered a split decision defeat against Ben Asken last October.

Hieron most recently competed for Legacy Fighting Championship after his stint at Bellator. Early in his career at Legacy 12, he earned a technical submission victory over Romario Maoel da Silva last July 13.

Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron has 23 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws in his career. After his victory over Romario Manoel da Silva inn LFC 12, he suffered a defeat against Ben Askren at the Bellator Fighting Championships 56 in October 2011 via split decision. He has 10 consecutive wins before his loss to Askren defeating impressive fighters like Liles, Heleno, Miller, Kennedy, High and more.

His opponent Jake Ellenberger is a worthy match; “The Juggernaut” has 27 wins and only 6 losses in his career. However, his last victory was a loss over Martin Kampmann at the UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale in June via technical knockout. Before this loss against Kampmann, he has 6 consecutive wins defeating fighters like Kampmann, Sanchez, Shields, Pierson, Rocha, Howard and Pyle.

To note, Ellenberger is nine years younger than Hieron and many think that this may be his advantage over “The Thoroughbred”.  Meanwhile, Josh Kocheck has suffered a bulging disc in his back and will not be able to compete and train for his future scheduled fights. This was announced during Tuesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight” on Fuel TV. Hieron was announced as a replacement shortly after UFC President Dana White confirmed of Kocheck’s injury. “KOS” was defeated by Johny Hendricks at the UFC on Fox 3 – Diaz versus Miller.

Jay Hieron, Robert Drysdale Wins During Legacy FC 12 in Houston

UFC and Bellator veteran Jay Hieron won during the Legacy Fighting Championship, although it was a very controversial win.

During the Legacy FC 12 inside Houston’s Arena Theatre, Friday night, Hieron, who is 35 years old, managed to show to the world his kickboxing skills as he fought against Brazilian welterweight Romario Manoel da Silva. Hieron put the fight to an end by making Da Silva submit through his textbook brabo choke.

However, Da Silva claimed that the fight was stopped even when he did not tap for submission to referee Kevin Hancock. With this, as Hieron let go of the choke, Junior Killer managed to jump right up to dispute the result.

But during the post interview with Hieron, he said that even with his tight choke, he never stopped squeezing as well. He even told Hanccock that Da Silva has quit moving and he may be out already. Still, despite the controversy as to whether Da Silva submitted or not, it was still obvious that Hieron dominated all phases of the fight and that he is the winner. This has been his first win since Bellator champ Ben Askren defeated him during their title bout last November.

Meanwhile, Robert Drysdale, who is also known as BJJ world champion and all-star grappler, made Isaac Villanueva submit earlier as expected and put an end to the match very quickly. He locked up an armbar and that forced Villanueva to tap 89 seconds into the fight. Drysdale was able to take on a single leg shot giving Villanueva not enough time to walk forward. He also applied his effective techniques and skills such as his world-class grappling skills, wherein he took the back first, applied his threatening choke and of course his slick armbar. This left Villanueva no choice but to tap.

But even when Drysdale nabbed the win, Villanueva was also successful, in giving Drysdale a hard punch on the eye. This resulted to Drysdale’s swelling eye. But aside from that, there are no other serious offenses that the Houston native was able to throw to his opponent or he never got the chance to.

On the other hand, Bellator vet D.J. Linderman won Dale Mitchell over a second-round TKO. Middleweight Noel Ligon also scored a unanimous decision over Artenas Young. Lester Batres won over Danny Rodriguez, Jared Chaffee over Jason Carter, Jeremy Morris over Levi West as well as Charles Ontiveros also put a stop to Mark Garcia.

Does Jay Hieron Has The Worst Luck In MMA?

After a ton of frustration with the death of Affliction MMA, Jay Hieron (18-4) vs Jesse Taylor gets bumped off the Showtime telecast at the last minute. If you don’t think so check this out,

  • Hieron wins the IFL belt, the promotion goes down.
  • At Affliction 2 he was dropped from the PPV, his fight with Jason High took place after the main event to an emptying arena. By the way, he KO High in 1:04, a true highlight opportunity missed.
  • Affliction MMA goes down, leaving fighter out in the dark a little over a week before their scheduled fight.
  • Fight with Paul “Semtex” Daley get canceled.
  • Nick Diaz doesn’t show for a mandatory drug screening, that fight gets canceled.
  • He get a tough opponent in Jesse Taylor, that fight gets bumped off the Showtime card.
  • And like he said in the interview, if you are not on TV your sponsors don’t pay shit.