A perspective that seems to be absent in the wake of today’s cancellation of ”Affliction: Trilogy” is the effect the news has had on the individuals who were preparing to enter the ring on August 1st (and bring home some well-deserved pay in the process). Months spent preparing for now-defunct bouts have ultimately resulted in tolls taken on fighters’ wallets and bodies.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has contacted welterweight Jay Hieron on Friday afternoon to get his take on the situation. Hieron, who is currently on a five-fight winning streak, was scheduled to compete against British striker Paul Daley at the event originally headlined by Fedor Emelianenko.
“It sucks, man. Rough business,” said the Long Islander. When asked whether or not he knew if he would receive a percentage of his contracted pay, Hieron responded, “I don’t know, but I know I put everything on hold. We all put everything on hold…paid a lot of money for training…and I have a lot of bills and no paycheck.”
The 17-4 “Thoroughbred” trains with XTreme Couture, a gym also associated with fellow “Affliction: Trilogy” victims Chris Horodecki and Vitor Belfort.
However, as disappointed as Hieron seemed about things, he also maintained a positive disposition about what his future holds. “It is what it is”, said Hieron while expressing confidence that something positive would be coming his way in the near future.
Assuming that Strikeforce may be looking for a replacement to take Joe Riggs’ spot against Nick Diaz on August 15th he may not have to wait very long. Said Hieron on the potential throwdown with the Gracie-trained Californian, “Yeah, that’s a fight I’m trying to get.”
Given the bout’s potential as an immensely entertaining scrap between two skilled Mixed Martial Artists, as well for Hieron’s sake, MMA fans should all hope that silver-lining scenario comes to fruition.