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In just two days Jay Hieron will lock horns with Jake Ellenberger making his return to the UFC for the first time in seven years.
Hieron last fought Jonathan Goulet in October 2005 when he lost to TKO due to cut.  This bloodied UFC mat has been on permanent display inside Xtreme Couture MMA right when you walk in.

Jay Hieron in 2006 gave Jake Ellenberger his first professional loss a broke Jake’s 12 fight unbeaten win streak.  Jake Ellenberger is no stranger to Xtreme Couture MMA facility either, he has trained here with the pro team, he has learned nutrition advise from XCAP and Randy Couture, he has fought two other of our pro team members, beating Mike Pyle and losing to Martin Kampmann where Jay Hieron corned Martin.

Jay Hieron has had a great team helping him prepare for perhaps his biggest fight, biggest rematch of his career and of course the pressure of  performing great in his UFC return.

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A 2008 U.S. Olympian and former ESPY award nominee for Best Collegiate Athlete,  Ben Askren, the reigning Bellator Welterweight Champion, will put his title on the line for the first time against Xtreme Couture fighter Jay Hieron.

Askren and Hieron have made no secret that this fight will be a grudge match of sorts as both competitors have used social media to display their dislike for one another.

While both fighters certainly respect each other’s accomplishments, contrasting styles and personalities have added another level of intrigue to an already highly-anticipated fight.


“I’ve been looking forward to this fight for a while,” Askren said. “I’m more excited to dominate Jay than anyone I have ever fought, so October 29th can’t get here fast enough. We’re going to put on a show.”

For Hieron, the former UFC veteran and Las Vegas-trained fighter is looking to extend his winning streak to 11 with a championship victory over Askren. “The Thoroughbred” earned his title shot by claiming the Season 4 welterweight tournament with victories over Anthony Lapsley, Brent Weedman, and former judoka Olympian Rick Hawn. While the New York native fully understands the Midwest crowd will mostly be in Askren’s corner, that doesn’t bother the confident Hieron.

“I’ve been getting ready for this fight for months, so location doesn’t matter,” said Hieron. “I’ve got one goal in mind, and that’s punching this guy in the face and taking his belt. We all know the game he is going to bring to the cage, and everyone knows mine, so it’s going to be a war, simple as that.”



Jay Hieron – The Champ is Here

Posted: May 11, 2011 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Jay Hieron, xtreme couture

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.

Judges at Bellator 43 gave the nod to Jay Hieron, right, over Rick Hawn.

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.

Xtreme Couture’s Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron punched his ticket to the Bellator Welterweight Tournament finals with a tough-fought decision win over a game Brent Weedman.  Hieron is an extremely tough guy who doesn’t mind mixing it up with anyone.   With the win, Hieron now meets Olympian Rick Hawn in next month’s tourney finale.  Hieron (21-4 MMA, 2-0 BFC) now has won nine consecutive fights.

Xtreme Couture’s Mike Chandler dominated his way to victory on Saturday night.  The former University of Missouri wrestler’s takedown and ground skills have led him to another victory and a ticket to the lightweight tourney’s finale. Using his improved and fearless striking to set up at least four takedowns in each frame, Chandler dominated the first and third rounds to earn a unanimous-decision victory over fellow semifinalist Lloyd Woodard via scores of 29-28. With his victory, Chandler now meets KO artist Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in the tourney finale next month.


  • Champ Ben Askren vs. Nick Thompson (non-title bout)
  • Jay Hieron vs. Brent Weedman (welterweight-tourney semifinal)
  • Michael Chandler vs. Llyod Woodard (lightweight-tourney semifinal)


  • Nate James vs. Tyler Stinson
  • Josh Burns vs. Eric Prindle
  • David Rickles vs. Dylan Smith
  • Cody Carrillo vs. Michael Osborn

Bellator 40 takes place April 9 at First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla. and is broadcast on MTV2

Xtreme Co-Main Event  

Brent Weedman (18-5-1) vs. Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron (20-4-0)

Brent Weedman is a good fighter, and he took out a fighter in Dan Hornbuckle that I thought he would not be able to beat. The truth is that Dan has not been the same fighter that he was over in Japan where he was knocking out fighters and finishing fights. Brent’s only ever loss to tough fighters, but that is where his fault lies as Jay is one extremely tough fighter.

Jay Hieron an established top dog at Xtreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas has always been a fighter with the ability to be a champion, but he never had the chance. The IFL failed, Affliction went under, and Strikeforce never followed through with their promise. He has just had bad luck. He entered this tournament with one thing in mind being a champion and that is all that he is focused on.

The Bottom Line: Jay Hieron is too focused to lose.

Xtreme Fight #2

Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard (11-0-0) vs. Michael Chandler (6-0-0)

The strengths for Michael in this fight re his wrestling, his hands, and his submission. Obviously, in the first round of this tournament you saw him submit a strong BJJ fighter in Marcien Held, but he also got caught in multiple submissions. If someone was able to hold onto a submission they caught him in it would stop him. He has strong hands, but so does Lloyd.

Lloyd has big knockout power as seen in his first fight too. He also has a strong BJJ base since he has submitted more people than he has finished with strikes. The big remaining factor is the wrestling. We know that Michael can get Lloyd down.  Look for this fight to be wild as either fighter could pull out something that would surprise everyone.

Date: Apr 02, 2011
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Venue: Mohegan Sun
Broadcast: MTV2
  • Champ Eddie Alvarez vs. Pat Curran (for lightweight title)
  • Lyman Good vs. Rick Hawn (welterweight tourney semifinals)
  • Jay Hieron vs. Brent Weedman (welterweight tourney semifinals)*
  • Ben Saunders vs. Matt Lee

* – Pending medical clearance for Weedman, who suffered a facial laceration in the quarterfinals


Lyman Good, Rick Hawn, Jay Hieron or Brent Weedman made the final four for Bellator Fighting Championships’ 170-pound tournament.


The promotion started its fourth season Saturday with Bellator 35, featuring the opening round of the organization’s latest eight-man welterweight tourney. Results from the bouts in Lemoore, Calif.:

  • Lyman Good def. Chris Lozano via unanimous decision
  • Rick Hawn def. “Judo” Jim Wallhead via unanimous decision
  • Jay Hieron def. Anthony Lapsely via 1st-round rear-naked choke
  • Brent Weedman def. Dan Hornbuckle via unanimous decision

Hieron’s win over Lapsely wasn’t without controversy. Several seconds after Hieron attempted the choke, Lapsely didn’t respond when his arm was grabbed by referee Josh Rosenthal, prompting a stoppage. But Lapsely immediately started to protest when the fight was halted.

Weedman eked out his win over Hornbuckle, with the first two rounds being especially close. A number of observers, including USA TODAY, scored the fight for Hornbuckle. The Lemoore crowd booed the decision for Weedman when it was officially announced.

Also at Bellator 35, the winner of last year’s women’s tournament, Zoila Frausto, earned a decision win over Karina Hallinan in their 125-pound bout. Frausto, who received the 115-pound title for winning the tourney last year, avenged an earlier loss to Hallinan. Frausto wants to keep fighting at 125 pounds and says the cut to 115 pounds has become too difficult.

By Sergio Non, USA TODAY

Bellator 35 takes place this Saturday in California, and welterweight Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron is ecstatic to make his debut under the Bellator banner, and show them what he can do.

Premieres Saturday, March 5th at 9p/8c on MTV2

“I’m definitely excited,” Hieron said to MMA DieHards in an interview.  “I think Bellator is going to come and in the future (there) will be big things for them.  They got the MTV2 deal, which is huge, we’re in over 80 million homes, I’m ready and it’s a great time for me to be a part of it.”

Hieron has been in the upper echelon of welterweights for quite some time, and when he was with Strikeforce, there were talks of a title shot.  Hieron unquestionably deserved an opportunity to challenge for the strap.  He has won seven consecutive fights, over guys like Joe Riggs and Jason High, plus “The Thoroughbred” comes in to finish fights.  The proof is in his 19-4 record that consists of six (T)KO’s and five submission wins.

Once Hieron became a free agent and Strikeforce did not make a push to re-sign him and grant a title shot to the Xtreme Couture fighter, he moved on to greener pastures.

“I sat so long because I was under contract,” Hieron stated.  “My fight contract was up, but they had a clause on me.  (Strikeforce) had a deal on the table for me, but we were going in different directions.  I signed for a title fight, it didn’t happen, long story short, I’m signed with Bellator now, and I’m excited.”

Considering the tear Hieron is currently on, it was no surprise when every major MMA promotion pursued the standout welterweight, and even though the UFC was looking at him, it was Bellator that enticed him the most.

 “I come from a tournament style background,” Hieron admitted.  “I was a part of that IFL Grand Prix, I won that, so I kind of like that tournament format.  You win, you move forward.  That’s the kind of style I like, so that was a big selling point, also the MTV2 (deal) is great.  I think these guys are going about promoting the organization in a good way.”

Hieron also commends Bellator President and CEO Bjorn Rebney for creating their own identity, and not trying to be the UFC.

“They’re not trying to compete with the UFC,” said Hieron.  “If you try to compete with the UFC, those are the big dogs, they crush you.  You definitely have to do it in small doses and build your brand first before you try to come out and go head-to-head with them.  They definitely the pioneers, they the best, they did what they had to do to get where they’re at.  If you going to follow a regiment, you got to follow it that way.  I think Bjorn is a real sharp guy, and he’s doing it that way.  Small baby steps to get to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”

Given that this is Hieron’s first fight under the Bellator banner, the difference in promotions does not standout as of yet, but he is happy with what he has noticed thus far.

“This is my first fight so I can’t say much, but I can see that (Rebney) is sharp,” Hieron said.  “He’s building his brand, and it’s something I’m happy to be a part of right now.  In the future we’ll see, but for right now, I’m happy.”

Happiness might have been what kept Hieron positive when his original opponent for Bellator 35 was injured in training.  Hieron was forced to change up his training camp when Anthony Lapsley stepped in for the injured Steve Carl less than a month before the scheduled fight.

“What was good was that Steve Carl likes to switch stances a lot, so I was pretty much training for a right-hand and a left-handed guy,” Hieron admitted.  “I switched over to a straight south paw because that’s what Anthony is.  He’s a tough guy, he’s no pushover, (and) he comes to fight.  I’m ready for whomever really, I’m in tremendous shape and I’m counting down the days.  I’m getting my weight down and getting ready to go out and put on a show.”

Training at Xtreme Couture covers everything Hieron could possibly need, and the superstar welterweight considers himself extremely fortunate to have the ability to train alongside Randy Couture, Ron Frazier, Vitor Belfort and a laundry list of former champions and top level fighters with a plethora of experience.

“I did my full camp at XC,” Hieron informed DieHards.  “That’s my home, that’s where I train, I’ve been at that place since day one, and that’s where I’m most comfortable.  If I need a different type of look, if I’m fighting somebody and we don’t have that style in the gym, then I bring somebody in.  I don’t have to go anywhere, god bless.  A lot of guys have to travel, (but) I have my great gym in my backyard.”

Hieron is in shape and ready to fight.  He is focused on the fight that lies before him, and not distracted by outside interferences such as impressing his new bosses.

“I don’t feed into stuff like that,” Hieron explained.  “I’m going to go out and do my job, I’m prepared 100 percent, and I’m going to go out and do me.  I try not to put any extra pressure on me, even though there’s always pressure, but the little extra stuff, I try not to pay attention to.  I train my mind just as much as my body, and I’m going to go out there on fight night, and do what I do.”

Hieron brings star power to Bellator. He is a fantastic fighter to watch, plus there’s a certain swagger about “The Thoroughbred” that makes him unique.  Hieron is a great asset to any MMA organization. He wins fights in an exciting fashion, he’s marketable, and he’s an all-around great guy.

Those are the traits a fighter can bring to a promotion and help inflate the brand, and Hieron possesses all of them.

After suffering an undisclosed injury in training, Steve Carl has been forced to withdraw from Bellator Fighting Championships’ upcoming welterweight tournament scheduled against Xtreme Couture  fighter, Jay Hieron.

Bellator announced the switch and confirmed that Anthony Lapsley will face Jay Hieron at Bellator 35.

ShoXC and King of the Cage veteran Anthony Lapsley  is coming off a four fight win streak  and only losing once in his last 10 fights with two NC  and 19-4 overall.

Jay Hieron is coming of a 7 fight win streak and also only losing once in his last 10 fights with a matching 19-4 overall record.

Fireworks are sure to fly on March 5 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., and airs on MTV2.

Bellator announced the switch and confirmed that Anthony Lapsley (above)  will face Jay Hieron at Bellator 35.