Though Bellator Fighting Championships already announced six of the eight men expected to compete in this season’s welterweight tournament, the final two fighters as well as any specific pairings have remained a mystery. However, word has now broken that newly signed 170-pounder Jay Hieron will make his Bellator debut on March 5 against Steve Carl in an opening round match-up at a currently unknown location.
News of the bout was reported by MMAJunkie. Five Ounces of Pain was also able to learn the attached event will mark the first show of Season 4.
Hieron is winner of his last seven fights including victories over Joe Riggs, Jesse Taylor, and Jason High. However, New York native has been sidelined since January 2010 after being vastly underused by Strikeforce, then subsequently receiving his release from the company. He is 19-4 overall in his career with eleven finishing performances and success against Pat Healy and Jake Ellenberger.
His opponent on 3/5, Carl, is a Bellator veteran who holds a 14-2 record with nine wins coming by way of submission. His last appearance in a ring came this past August at Bellator 26 and resulted in a first-round Guillotine Choke of Tyler Stinson.
Assuming the fight takes place as expected, Hieron and Carl round out the tournament field joining Rick Hawn, Brent Weedman, Dan Hornbuckle, Chris “The Assassin” Lozano, Jim Wallhead, and Lyman Good in the quest to snatch Ben Askren‘s title as divisional champion.
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