Late Monday night, former IFL welterweight champ Jay Hieron signed an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships. The 34-year-old will take part in Season 4 of the promotion’s 170-pound tournament.
“Jay is a fantastic signing for us at 170 pounds,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a release. “Jay is a world-class fighter with serious talent. I can’t wait to see him back on national television competing against other top fighters where he belongs. He is a spectacular addition to our upcoming Season 4 welterweight tournament.”
Hieron has rattled off seven consecutive victories and was last seen beating fellow UFC veteran Joe Riggs by unanimous decision under Strikeforce’s banner. He trains out of the famed Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“It’s just a great fit for me,” Hieron excitingly stated. “At this point in my career, I want to stay as active as possible, and the tournament format allows me to do that. It’s a great organization, and it’s just the perfect fit.”
Hieron will be one of eight athletes competing in the tourney, which commences in early 2011.
Dan Hornbuckle, Rick Hawn, Steve Carl, Chris Lozano, Jim Wallhead and Brent Weedman have also been confirmed for the 12-week tournament. The winner advances to challenge reigning Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren for his strap.
Terms of Hieron’s deal were not disclosed.