UFC & Strikeforce Veteran Jay Hieron Signs With Bellator

November 16, 2010

Jay Hieron at Strikeforce 16

Jay Hieron

Jay Hieron has finally found a new home.

Following the completion of his Strikeforce contract, the Xtreme Couture fighter has signed on with Bellator Fighting Championships and will be competing in their upcoming Season 4 welterweight tournament.

MMAWeekly.com was notified of the signing by sources close to the negotiations.

Hieron (19-4) became a free agent several weeks ago and has been shopping to find the best place to continue his MMA career. Bellator had just the right fit for the New York native.

A veteran of several promotions including the UFC and the IFL, Hieron was unceremoniously put on the back burner during his last run with Strikeforce. He was supposed to have a title fight against Nick Diaz, but Diaz pulled out of the bout at the last minute and Strikeforce never rescheduled it.

Hieron continued to wait for a title shot, but that opportunity never came.

After entering free agency, he was sought after by several organizations, but Bellator came across with the best offer and what fit his fight schedule the best. Hieron has only fought three times in the last 22 months, so he’s looking forward to an active schedule with the Bellator tournament coming up.

Hieron enters a welterweight division headed up by new champion Ben Askren, along with fighters like Lyman Good and Dan Hornbuckle. Hieron will be a participant in the tournament, with his long term goal to get a shot at Askren for the 170-pound Bellator title.

The debut date for Hieron with Bellator has not been determined at this time, but MMAWeekly.com will continue to update his first appearance with the promotion when more information is available.