Jay Hieron Getting Strikeforce Title Shot Against Nick Diaz

Written by Tom Ngo
July 30th, 2009

It didn’t take too long for former Affliction Entertainment employee Jay Hieron to find work after last week’s abrupt cancellation of “Trilogy.” It is being reported that the former IFL welterweight champion is close to signing a multi-fight contract to fight for Strikeforce.

According to MMAJunkie.com, the San Jose-based organization will waste no time in putting Hieron to work as he will be subbing in for an injured Joe Riggs to face Nick Diaz at Strikeforce “Carano vs. Cyborg” for the vacant welterweight title.

Hieron holds an impressive 17-4 pro mark and looked nasty in his last outing against Jason High at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” earlier this year. That 64 second KO was his fifth consecutive W.

This news comes on the heels of Strikeforce’s up-and-down week as they inserted the Affliction fall-out bout between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Gegard Mousasi into their August 15th show.

However, later that same day, lightweight champion Josh Thomson revealed that he was still having issues with the broken leg he suffered in April. Its inability to properly heal has prevented him from training for the 5Round affair like he should, and it is believed that Strikeforce is already on the hunt for his replacement.

At one point, the card featured four title bouts, however after losing the heavyweight fight between champ Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, the Riggs/Diaz scrap, and now possibly the 155-pound 5Rounder, this once-promising event appears to have been jinxed from the jump.

Not really sure if Hieron is deserving of an immediate title shot, but if Strikeforce is bent on having as many belts on the line as possible inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on August 15th, then why not?

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