Nick Thompson (left) and Ben Askren will take to the cage at Bellator 40. | Photo Courtesy: Bellator

From the day he signed, Jay Hieron has been viewed as the tournament favorite. So far, he has done nothing to diminish those expectations.

The former International Fight League titleholder checked in at 170.5 pounds for his showdown with Brent Weedman (170.2) in the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 4 welterweight tournament semifinals at Bellator 40 on Saturday at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla. The two participants in the event’s lone lightweight tournament bout -- Lloyd Woodard (155) and Michael Chandler (155) -- also met their contracted weight requirements at Friday’s official weigh-in.

Hieron will enter the match on the strength of an eight-fight winning streak. Based at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas, he advanced to the semifinal round with a controversial submission victory over Anthony Lapsley at Bellator 35 in March. The 34-year-old Long Island, N.Y., native 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 model of consistency, Hieron has never lost back-to-back fights.

One of the sport’s best-kept secrets, Weedman has quietly rattled off 10 consecutive victories. The 27-year-old Louisville, Ky.-based welterweight last fought at Bellator 35 in March, when he notched a unanimous decision over Sengoku Raiden Championship veteran Dan Hornbuckle at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. A potent finisher, Weedman has delivered 17 of his 18 career wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission. He holds an unblemished 4-0 mark under the Bellator banner.

Bellator 40 -- which airs on MTV2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT -- will also feature a non-title super fight pitting welterweight champion Ben Askren (170.6) against the well-traveled Nick Thompson (170.8).

Unbeaten in seven professional MMA appearances, the 26-year-old Askren was a two-time NCAA wrestling champion at the University of Missouri and competed at the 2008 Olympics. Thompson, 27, will enter his promotional debut on a three-fight losing streak.

Lloyd Woodard (155) vs. Michael Chandler (155)

Jay Hieron (170.5) vs. Brent Weedman (170.2)

Ben Askren (170.6) vs. Nick Thompson (170.8)
Tyler Stinson (170) vs. Nathan James (170)
Eric Prindle (265) vs. Josh Burns (257.2)
David Rickles (169) vs. Dylan Smith (169)
Cody Carrillo (155) vs. Michael Osborn (155)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Cosmo Alexandre signs exclusive deal with WSOF

  • 22 days ago

Kickboxing star and Bellator veteran Cosmo Alexandre has signed an exclusive multi-fight deal with WSOF, officials recently announced.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

Marcin Held scoffs at Will Brooks' 'one-dimensional' label ahead of Bellator title fight

  • 26 days ago

Marcin Held has no interest in engaging in a war of words with Will Brooks ahead of their Bellator lightweight championship showdown at Bellator 145 on Nov. 6. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 146 gets Houston Alexander vs. Guilherme Viana and five more prelims

  • 26 days ago

The lineup for Bellator 146 is complete with the addition of one main card bout and five preliminary contests.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 145's Justin Lawrence: It 'took a couple days' to get over Pat Curran injury

  • 26 days ago

Justin Lawrence admits he was devastated when he lost out on the biggest fight of his career at Bellator 145. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Kimbo Slice headlines Feb. 19 Bellator event, Lashley or Thompson potential opponent

  • 26 days ago

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is expected to return to the cage Feb. 19 in a Bellator headliner in Houston against an opponent to be determined.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Lineup set for Bellator 146 with Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz rematch, six prelims

  • 27 days ago

The lineup is set for Bellator’s return to Oklahoma next month with the addition of a lightweight rematch, plus six prelims. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Will Brooks supports Dustin Poirier not fighting at UFC Dublin: I'd do the same thing

  • 27 days ago

Bellator champion Will Brooks is never afraid to speak his mind. And when it comes to Joseph Duffy’s last-minute withdrawal from UFC Fight Night 76 against Brooks’ friend and teammate Dustin Poirier, read news >>

Kimbo Slice to Headline Bellator Event in Houston: Details and Reaction

  • 27 days ago

Kimbo Slice will headline the main event in Bellator MMA’s next tentpole Feb. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston, according to Jeremy Botter of the Houston Chronicle. Slice’s opponent hasn’t been finaliz read news >>

Michael Page sees Bellator title fight in future: 'Everyone's screaming for it to happen'

  • 28 days ago

Michael Page added another victory to his undefeated resume at Bellator 144 this past weekend. Questions still remain, however, about how good Page really is.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Tim Kennedy rips Reebok deal, says he'd 'definitely' fight for Scott Coker in Bellator (Yahoo Sports)

  • 28 days ago

From Yahoo Sports: Kennedy, who says he hasn't gotten a check from Reebok, isn't exactly happy with the UFC right now. read news >>