Erick Silva Injured, Jay Hieron Gets Strikeforce Veteran Tyron Woodley at UFC 156
An injury to Erick Silva
has forced him to withdraw from his bout with Jay Hieron
. Instead, nine-time Strikeforce
will lock horns with Hieron at the Mandalay Bay Events
Center in Las Vegas on Feb. 2.
Promotion officials recently announced the new pairing. UFC 156 is
the promotion’s traditional Super Bowl weekend card and will
feature a featherweight title tilt between reigning champion
Aldo and former 155-pound king Frankie
Edgar. The pay-per-view broadcast is also expected to include a
205-pound clash between Rashad
Evans and Antonio
Rogerio Nogueira as well as a heavyweight bout pitting Alistair
Overeem against Antonio
Woodley last competed on July 14, when he suffered a fourth-round
technical knockout loss to Nate
Marquardt for Strikeforce’s vacant welterweight title. The
former University of Missouri wrestler went 8-1 during his
Strikeforce tenure, with victories over Tarec
Saffiedine, Paul Daley and
Mein, among others.
Hieron is still looking for his first Octagon triumph. The Xtreme
Couture representative dropped a three-round verdict to Jake
Ellenberger at UFC on FX 5 this past October, his third UFC
loss in as many appearances. The Strikeforce, Bellator and
International Fight League veteran made his debut with the Las
Vegas promotion at UFC 48, falling to Georges St.
Pierre via first-round TKO at UFC 48. He also lost to Jonathan
Goulet by third-round technical knockout at UFC Fight Night
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