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Just a day after Josh Koscheck was forced out of his UFC 151 co-main event slot versus Jake Ellenberger, the UFC has found a replacement in former UFC fighter, Jay Hieron. Hieron went 0-2 inside the Octagon and last competed in the UFC in 2005, losing via cut stoppage to Jonathan Goulet in one of the bloodiest fights in UFC history. In his promotional debut at UFC 48, Hieron lost to Georges St. Pierre by first-round TKO.
Since his UFC release, Hieron has fought for various MMA organizations including Strikeforce, Bellator and IFL. He has won eleven of his last twelve fights, with the lone loss being a controversial split decision loss to Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren. Last month, Hieron fought for Texas-based promotion Legacy Fighting Championship defeating Romario Manoel da Silva by second-round technical submission.
Hieron and Ellenberger are actually familiar foes with Hieron picking up a unanimous decision victory over Ellenberger back in 2006 during their IFL days. Now Ellenberger will have a chance at revenge, while Hieron looks to make a statement in the UFC’s crowded welterweight division.
UFC 151 takes place September 1st at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada and is headlined by a UFC light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Dan Henderson.