Jay Hieron will return to the Octagon for the first time since 2005 when he takes on Jake Ellenberger at UFC 151. After an injury to Josh Koscheck, Hieron was tabbed as the replacement for the event’s co-headliner, quite the achievement considering his previous position.
Since his departure, Hieron has competed for many promotions, earning wins over such notable foes such as Jason High, Joe Riggs, Brent Weedman and Rick Hawn. But, as the fighter said recently in an interview with the UFC, things just didn’t seem to align correctly for a return to the Octagon.
“I’ve had great runs, beaten top guys, but it just wasn’t my time,” Hieron said. “Either I was signed, or I was injured; it just never worked out for me to come back to the UFC, but I never got deterred. I had to take a different route and now I am here. I appreciate it all so much.”
Hieron (23-5) will have a familiar opponent standing across from him in the infamous eight-sided cage, delivering Ellenberger his first professional loss back in 2006. In addition to that experience, Hieron has been in the corner of both Mike Pyle and Martin Kampmann during their fights with Ellenberger.
“I feel I know what Jake brings to the Octagon as well as anyone,” stated the Long Islander. “Whenever he thinks of his first loss, he thinks of losing to me and that will be in his mind. He knows I can beat him because I’ve done it before. I taught him how to lose.”
UFC 151 is scheduled for September 1 and features a light heavyweight title-fight between Jon Jones-Dan Henderson in the main event.
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