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 at UFC 156. Instead, nine-time Strikeforce veteran Tyron Woodley 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 Jose 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 Silva.

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 Jordan 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 2.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 11 views

PHOENIX -- During a scrum at UFC on FOX 13, Kelvin Gastelum talks about his upcoming fight with Tyron Woodley at UFC 183, the pace he's able to keep, wanting to fight at home in Arizona, being able t read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 8 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Erick Silva is back in the win column after choking out Mike Rhodes at the UFC Fight Night 58 mixed martial arts (MMA) event earlier this month in Br read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

Tarec Saffiedine forced to withdraw from UFC Fight Night 60 due to groin injury. Chalk up another botched main event to that horrid little pest, The Injury Bug. Tarec Saffiedine is the latest to succ read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

Veteran middleweight Costas Philippou has been forced off this month’s UFC Fight Night 59 main card with an injury.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 29 views

UFC fighters such as Michael Bisping, Tyron Woodley, and others gave their predictions for the upcoming Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier title fight at UFC 182. UFC 182 is upon us and so is the highly an read news >>

  • 14 days ago
  • 68 views

Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Louis Taylor stepped up on short notice to take over for Costa Phillipou -- and will now step out on even shorter notice against Uriah Hall -- at the upcoming UFC Fig read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 5 views

Wanting to rebound from his loss to Rory MacDonald, No. 3 ranked welterweight Tyron Woodley got back in the Octagon against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48. read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 120 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was less-than-sympathetic for Ben Henderson, who dropped a controversial unanimous decision to Donald Cerrone last Sunday night (Jan. 18, 201 read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 0 views

Fresh off first-round wins in December, Erick Silva and Ben Saunders are set to collide in Brazil. Silva and Saunders, who scored wins over Mike Rhodes and Joe Riggs at UFC Fight Night 58 and UFC on read news >>