The flood of fighters from Strikeforce to the UFC continued this week with the announcement that former welterweight title-contender Tyron Woodley had inked a deal to face Jay Hieron at UFC 156. Hieron was originally scheduled to see action against Erick Silva but it seems the Brazilian was forced to pull out as the result of an injury he suffered while training for the February 2 show.
UFC officials have confirmed the change.
Woodley has a reputation for a powerful grappler with raw stand-up, racking up a 10-1 record including eight wins under the Strikeforce banner. Though he suffered a knockout loss in his last appearance, “T-Wood” certainly has the credentials to call the Octagon home given his success against opponents such as Tarec Saffiedine and Paul Daley.
The 23-6 Hieron is also looking to bounce back from defeat after being outpointed by Jake Ellenberger in October. The loss was only his second in thirteen tilts with the run featuring triumphs over Jesse Taylor, Joe Riggs, and Jason High.
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