Hieron (left) and Rick Hawn will meet with the welterweight
tournament crown on the line. | Photo Courtesy: Bellator
An undefeated Olympian stands between Jay Hieron and
his shot at another championship.
Hieron tipped the scales at 170.8 pounds for his matchup with
Hawn (170.8) in the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 4
welterweight tournament final at
Bellator 43 on Saturday at the First Council Casino in Newkirk,
UFC veteran Joe Riggs
WEC import Bryan Baker
(184) also met the mandated weight requirements for their
middleweight showcase at Friday’s official weigh-in.
International Fight League champion, Hieron will carry a
nine-fight winning streak into the match. The 34-year-old
Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts representative clinched his
spot in the final with a unanimous decision victory over Brent
Weedman at Bellator 40 in April. Hieron owns notable wins
against former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Delson
Heleno, 2009 Dream
welterweight grand prix finalist Jason High,
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 alum Jesse
Taylor and current UFC welterweight contender Jake
Ellenberger. A picture of consistency, Hieron has never lost
Hawn moved into the 170-pound final with a split decision win over
former champion Lyman Good at
Bellator 39 on April 2. Unbeaten in 11 professional MMA outings,
the 34-year-old was a four-time national judo champion and placed
ninth in the discipline at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Hawn has delivered seven of his 11 victories by knockout or
The Hieron-Hawn winner will earn a crack at reigning Bellator
welterweight king Ben Askren.
The 26-year-old Askren, like Hawn a former Olympian, has yet to
taste defeat in eight MMA bouts. He took a unanimous decision from
Thompson in a non-title bout at Bellator 40.
The event -- which also features a bantamweight tilt pitting former
WEC champion Chase Beebe
(*136.4) against Jose Vega
(135.8) and a heavyweight battle pairing the undefeated Ron Sparks
(255.2) with Vince Lucero
(263.6) -- will air on MTV2 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Hieron (170.8) vs. Rick Hawn
Riggs (184.6) vs. Bryan Baker
Beebe (*136.4) vs. Jose Vega
Sparks (255.2) vs. Vince Lucero
Bouphanouvong (178.2) vs. David
Schatz (155.8) vs. Michael
Beebe has two hours to drop .4 pounds.