Sunday, January 25, 2009

Jay Hieron Well Prepared for High

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Welterweight Jay Hieron doesn’t need church. He’s got Xtreme Couture.

The Long Island, N.Y. native is always there, in good times and bad. Come to the gym at any hour of the day, and chances are he’ll be there, bouncing around the ring, sparring with the multitude of fighters that drop by the MMA Mecca.

“I love this place, man,” he tells “This is my therapy, the gym. I could be having the worst day in the world, and coming in, leave all my stressing and feel better about anything that’s going on in my life. This is where I feel safe, this is where I feel the most relaxed out of anywhere. I’m married, and I love my wife, but even when we’re arguing, I come in the gym.”

He’s been there even more these days, as he’s set to face Jason High at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” on Saturday night. High is not exactly a newcomer – he’s 6-0 in local competition and holds a TKO win over UFC vet Kevin Burns – but Hieron has limited tape to look at.

All the more reason to stay in the gym.

“Look at my resume man, I don’t take anybody lightly, says Hieron. “I could be fighting my last fight, if that’s the case.”

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