On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with one of the top welterweight mixed martial arts fighters in the world, Jay Hieron.
Fighting out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Jay Hieron has recently signed with the Bellator Fighting Championships and will make his debut with them this Saturday, March 5, at Bellator 35 from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. He will face Anthony Lapsley in a quarterfinal fight in the Bellator season 4 welterweight tournament. This card will be televised live in the U.S. on MTV2 beginning at 9pm ET/PT (tape-delayed on West Coast), with a Spanish-language telecast airing on MTV Tr3s on Sunday, March 6, at 8pm ET/PT.
Although several of the promotions in which he has fought have had difficulties, Jay Hieron remains one of the most talented fighters in mixed martial arts. He was the reigning IFL welterweight champion when that promotion folded, and has an overall record of 19-4. He has won his last seven fights and not lost a fight since 2007. He went 2-0 in Strikeforce before parting ways with them, and now hopes to win the Bellator welterweight tournament, thus guaranteeing him a title shot, free of politics and the rest.
We spoke with Jay Hieron by phone Tuesday night about his upcoming fight, some of the lessons of his career in both wrestling and MMA, and his plans. Despite a layoff of over a year, he still considers himself a top ten fighter, and aims to prove it on March 5.
The Bellator welterweight tournament in packed with talent. The other quarterfinal fights on this card, which will also be televised, are Rick Hawn vs. Jim Wallhead, Chris Lozano vs. Lyman Good, and Brent Weedman vs. Dan Hornbuckle.
The return to action of Jay Hieron takes place on a very busy weekend for the combat sports, but make sure not to miss his fight and the intriguing Bellator welterweight tournament.
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