Jay Hieron at Strikeforce 16“What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” -Friedrich Nietzsche

Jay Hieron has undergone a tremendous amount of adversity heading into his return to the Octagon at UFC on FX 5 on Friday night.

After dealing with cancelled shows, organizations going bankrupt, title shots that weren’t delivered, and losing a controversial decision to Bellator champion Ben Askren, Hieron finally has some momentum in his favor.

Even though UFC 151 was cancelled, luck went to Hieron’s side.  Hieron now has almost a full training camp when he rematches Jake Ellenberger on Friday, and he feels that it’s the perfect opponent to return against.

“He was tough back then but he got better but so have I,” Hieron told MMAWeekly Radio.

“I’ve grown as a fighter and that was a long time ago.  I got a world developed.  I’m a fighter who capitalized on the time off from my career and everything I went through.

“If they could say what you wanted to do and give me the option; I would say that this fight right here is a perfect opportunity, perfect way to come back in, I feel.  This is the road I want to take.  I feel like I’m ready for any fighter in the UFC in the division.  That’s great; why don’t we start with one of the toughest guys?”

Since Ellenberger and Hieron’s days in the IFL, Ellenberger emerged as one of the premier welterweights in the world.  For Hieron, that’s exactly the kind of fighter he wants to face in his return and he wouldn’t have it any other way

As the 36-year-old closes in on UFC on FX 5, he wants to write a new chapter in his life and show all the Minnesotans at the Target Center how he’s grown as a fighter.

“I’m at a point in my life where my main focus is fighting.  I’ve been through a lot of things in my life outside of fighting.  Going through a divorce and contract stuff and everything else that I let get to me a little bit, but you know, you grow as a person, you grow as a human being.

“It’s always a learning process.  I always keep my glass half-empty because there’s always something to learn and I feel like I still have more to learn, but I feel this is my time right now.  But I feel like there wouldn’t be a more perfect time for me to come back to the UFC.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your UFC on FX 5 fight coverage.

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

Related News

UFC Fight Night 105 results: Opportunistic Elias Theodorou defeats Cezar Ferreira by decision

  • 3 days ago
  • 3 views

HALIFAX – Elias Theodorou had to fight out of his share of bad positions against Cezar Ferreira, but fortunately for Theodorous he had a knack for turning his opponent’s attacks into opportunities fo read news >>

Santiago Ponzinibbio 'ready for everything and everyone at 170 pounds' after UFC Fight Night 105 win

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 views

HALIFAX – Santiago Ponzinibbio feels he’s worthy of a top-10 fight after picking up his fourth consecutive victory at UFC Fight Night 105.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Gavin Tucker feels he could've fought better despite nearly flawless UFC debut

  • 2 days ago
  • 7 views

HALIFAX – It was Gavin Tucker’s big UFC debut, and it was happening in front of his home crowd. He should’ve been nervous and not been able put out a nearly flawless performance Sunday at UFC Fight N read news >>

Germaine de Randamie: Holly Holm Deserves Rematch Before Cyborg Fight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 hours ago
  • 5 views

Germaine de Randamie feels Holly Holm deserves a rematch before Cris Cyborg deserves a shot at the UFC featherweight championship. read news >>

The List: Making the case for 5 possible Georges-St Pierre UFC comeback fights

  • 8 hours ago
  • 18 views

Conor McGregor? Anderson Silva? Michael Bisping? Just who should Georges St-Pierre face in his UFC comeback fight? We make our cases.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Two bouts added to April slate

  • a day ago
  • 0 views

Two bouts were added to the UFC's busy April slate, providing fight fans with a look at a pair of lightweights coming off big wins and a matchup pitting a veteran bantamweight contender against a read news >>

Marcus Edwards Believes LFA 5 Victory Puts Him at the UFC's Door | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 3 views

Marcus Edwards has a tough fight ahead of him at Friday's LFA 5 in Colorado, but believes a win puts him at the UFC's doorstep. read news >>

Rory MacDonald Wanted Title Shot, but Settles for Paul Daley in Enemy Territory | MMAWeekly.com

  • a day ago
  • 11 views

Former UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald wanted an immediate title shot upon signing with Bellator, but will settle for Paul Daley in enemy territory. read news >>

Report: New Yorker Desmond Green signs with UFC, fights Josh Emmett at UFC 210 in Buffalo

  • a day ago
  • 11 views

A former Titan FC champion is heading to the UFC, and he’ll get to make his promotional debut in front of his home state fans. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Lineup, broadcast plans set for next month's UFC 209 with two title fights

  • a day ago
  • 7 views

The 10-fight broadcast lineup for next month’s double-title UFC 209 event has been finalized.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>