Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Hieron Ready to Fight…Finally

Originally posted on FCfighter.com

It’s been a weird six months for Xtreme Couture welterweight Jay Hieron. First, he was held in limbo by the shutdown of the International Fight League. He had offers on the table from the UFC, Elite XC, and Affliction. He signed with Affliction, a three-fight, non-exclusive deal (and the most lucrative of the three). Then he got held up by Affliction’s postponement of “Day of Reckoning.” The guy just couldn’t seem to catch a break.

Around the same time Affliction postponed their second pay per view effort, Kim Couture and boxing promoter Skip Kelp were in limbo as well. They were supposed to mount their show, “Night of Combat,” at the Thomas & Mack Center on the 11th of October, the same date as Affliction, and had moved it to the 18th to accommodate the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Then Affliction postponed, and they were able to slide into the vacant slot on the 11th. One of their first orders of business was to offer Hieron a job. Instead of taking on Drew Fickett, he would face Bryson Kamaka on the main card of “Night of Combat.”

No doubt, he breathed a little sigh of relief.

“I’m thinking positive about the situation,” he fold FCF. “I’m happy that I got a non-exclusive contract, because I jumped right into another fight. I get to stay active.”

Hieron hasn’t really been inactive, though, in his home base of Xtreme Couture. “There’s always fights,” he said. Someone is always getting ready, which keeps the training level intense. But training doesn’t pay the bills—he needs a real fight.

“Night of Combat” features a laundry list of Xtreme Couture fighters; Mike Pyle, Hieron, Josh Haynes, and John Alessio, the bulk of the gym’s foundation. Hieron says he’s still looking forward to fighting for Affliction, and expects to be on their January co-promotion with boxing impresario Golden Boy.

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