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Jay Hieron tapped for Oct. 11 Affliction; Lindland vs. Belfort in jeopardy?

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Reigning International Fight League welterweight champion Jay Hieron (15-4) has been approached by Affliction executives and is expected to compete at the organization's "Day of Reckoning" event in October.

On Tuesday a representative from Hieron's Xtreme Couture camp told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the upcoming bout.

No opponent has been determined.

"Affliction: Day of Reckoning" takes place Oct. 11 at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The event -- the second one for the rookie Affliction Entertainment promotion -- features a headline match of Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett.

Hieron, a 32-year-old UFC and WEC veteran, hooked up with the IFL soon after its formation in 2006. He's 7-2 in the organization and defeated Delson Heleno for the IFL welterweight title back in December. He made one title defense -- a first-round TKO of Mark Miller in April -- before the organization's financial troubles forced the IFL to cease operations earlier this summer.

Although Affliction is best known for a stocked heavyweight division, executive Tom Atencio has promised the organization would begin signing additional talent for the lighter weight classes. Hieron brings instant credibility to a welterweight division that's still under construction.

The former stand-out high school and collegiate wrestler will now go for his fourth consecutive victory -- and his sixth win in his past seven fights. His only career losses have come to UFC veteran Georges St. Pierre, Jonathan Goulet, Chris Wilson and Brad Blackburn.

For the latest on "Affliction: Day of Reckoning," stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.


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MMAjunkie.com has also learned that a rumored Oct. 11 Affliction bout between Matt Lindland and Vitor Belfort -- both of whom were winners at Affliction's first show back in July -- could be scratched.

A source close to Belfort said that the middleweight fighter has been slowed by a lingering hand injury.

As we previously reported, the California State Athletic Commission suspended Belfort 180 days after his July victory over Terry Martin for undisclosed medical reasons (though a hand injury is believed to be the reason why).

Belfort can be cleared early by a doctor, but any signs of a hand injury would make an October return unlikely.

MMAjunkie.com coudln't immediately reach Belfort or Lindland for comment, but we'll have more on this story later in the week.

Post #1   8/6/08 4:13:01PM   

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yeah had to be a hand that is the only part of vetor that Martin connected with in that fight.

Post #2   8/6/08 4:21:32PM   

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thats good news...jay heiron is no top 10 but is definitly a legit top 25 if you were to make one...he has an exciting style...a bit "chinny" tho....but depending on who else they bring, it could be the start of a few exciting matchups...heiron vs pyle would be cool

Post #3   8/6/08 4:27:38PM   

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thats good news...jay heiron is no top 10 but is definitly a legit top 25 if you were to make one...he has an exciting style...a bit "chinny" tho....but depending on who else they bring, it could be the start of a few exciting matchups...heiron vs pyle would be cool



thats a fight I would really like to see.

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sherdog claims its on Junkie say not so fast. whats the truth!

Post #5   8/6/08 5:52:51PM