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Jay Hieron set for showdown with Erick Silva at UFC 156

Two UFC welterweights coming off disappointing decision losses will look to put their respective careers back on track in a few months instead of suffering a second straight defeat, as a bout between Jay Hieron and Erick Silva has been confirmed for UFC 156. The February 2 show is headlined by a featherweight title-fight between Jose Aldo-Frankie Edgar with other featured match-ups including Rashad Evans-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Demian Maia-Jon Fitch, and Alistair Overeem-Antonio Silva.

UFC officials revealed the rumble earlier today on Twitter.

Hieron holds an overall record of 23-6 including past success against Pat Healy, Jason High, and Jake Ellenberger. However, Ellenberger got his revenge on Hieron in early October, earning the judges’ nod after a competitive clash at UFC on FX 5.

The 14-3 Silva endured the stiffest test of his career last month in a fight with former title-contender Fitch. Silva looked sharp at times, nearly submitting Fitch at one point, but was ultimately overwhelmed and came up short on the scorecards. Eleven of his wins have involved some form of finish.

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