The scorecards propelled Xtreme Couture’s Jay Hieron to the top of Bellator Fighting Championships’ latest welterweight tournament on Saturday.
Hieron won a split decision over Rick Hawn in the final of Bellator’s 170-pound tourney. It was the main event of Bellator 43 in Newkirk, Okla.
Although Hieron and Hawn both have ample takedown skills, most of the three-round fight took place standing. Hawn had only one serious takedown attempt, but he set the pace by stalking Hieron throughout the bout.
Two judges scored the bout 29-28 for Hawn. One recorded the same score for Hawn.
Hieron won his 10th consecutive fight. Winning the eight-man tournament means a title shot against champion Ben Askren later this year.
Hawn suffered his first loss in 12 professional fights.