Jay Hieron at Strikeforce 16
Josh Koscheck’s misfortune has become Jay Hieron‘s gain.

The former IFL and Bellator welterweight has signed to return to the UFC, and will step in and face Jake Ellenberger at UFC 151.

A veteran of more than 25 fights, Jay Hieron has always been considered one of the toughest fighters in the welterweight division and now returns to the UFC after nearly 7 years away from the promotion.

Hieron had two fights in the UFC prior to a long career in several other promotions, most notably a long stretch in the IFL as well as going through the Bellator welterweight tournament before losing to champion Ben Askren in 2011.

Overall however, Hieron has amassed an extremely impressive 11-1 record over his last twelve fights.

Sources close to the fight confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Hieron has verbally accepted the bout at UFC 151 taking place on Sept 1 in Las Vegas. MMAJunkie.com first reported the new fight.

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