Tournament Format Lured Hieron to Bellator


Jay Hieron fought one time in 2010. For all intents and purposes, he was out of work.

“This is my job, my full-time job. If you’re not fighting, you’re not getting paid,” Hieron (Pictured) said recently during a “Savage Dog Show” interview on the Sherdog Radio Network. “I love to fight too. First, what you love to do, you’re not doing, and then you’re not getting paid. This is my income. No food on the table.”

After struggling to get fights with Strikeforce, Hieron signed with Bellator to compete in the upcoming season’s eight-man welterweight tournament. He expects the format to keep him busy throughout the year.

“I feel definitely right now that’s the type of style I want to be fighting is tournaments,” Hieron said. “I want to fight as much as possible. … That’s why it was a big reason for me to go with Bellator: a lot of fights. Some guys don’t like it. They like to take time off after their fights and do whatever they have to do. I’m back in the gym. I like to train. I like to fight. It’s a great situation for me.”

Hieron meets Anthony Lapsley when the tournament kicks off Saturday in Lemoore, Calif. He had been scheduled to fight Steve Carl, but he shrugged off the opponent switch.

“We’re in the hurt business,” Hieron said. “It happens all the time. For me it was good because I had a couple of weeks to think about a different opponent. Sometimes it happens the week of. I’ve had an opponent change the week of the fight. I’ve had enough time.”


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