We reported it last week and now it’s official. Former IFL and UFC welterweight, Jay Hieron, has officially signed a three-fight agreement with Affliction. According to Xtreme Couture, Hieron will make his debut at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” on October 11th in Las Vegas. With the IFL having been sold to Zuffa/UFC, it raises the question, why didn’t the UFC sign the reigning IFL welterweght champion?
Hieron has had a lot to deal with while becoming an MMA fighter. You can read all about it in his blog that appears on the Xtreme Couture website. Now, he’s hoping to continue his winning ways for Affliction.
Affliction VP Tom Atencio has said in the past that Affliction would pump out three events and see how it goes from there. With Hieron signing a three-fight deal, it would seem as though Affliction Entertainment has more events planned after the success of “Affliction: Banned.”
Affliction is making a bold move by heading into the UFC’s home turf of Las Vegas, Nevada for its second event, which will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center.
“Day of Reckoning” will be headlined by a WAMMA #1 Contender’s match between Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett with the winner getting a crack at Fedor Emelianenko.