Monday, May 18, 2009

After missed chances at Nick Diaz, DREAM, Jay Hieron looks to Affliction

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Currently riding a five-fight win streak, including an impressive win over Jason High at "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" in January, former IFL champion Jay Hieron (17-4) is itching to get back in action.

And while "The Thoroughbred" agreed to a June bout with Nick Diaz at Strikeforce, Hieron recently told Radio ( an August return for Affliction appears likely.

"I'm pretty positive I'm on the next (Affliction) card, whether it's the [Aug. 1] or [Aug. 15]," Hieron said. "I haven't got a name yet, but I was supposed to be on that June 6 Strikeforce card and fight Nick Diaz."

Hieron said he verbally committed to the bout with Diaz, but the organization elected to go with Scott Smith instead. Hieron said he hopes he can revisit the bout at some point.

"I agreed to it," Hieron said. "[Strikeforce] asked me, and right away I said, 'Yes.'

"I think that's a great opponent for me. I could get in the gym and get up for that. I get up for everybody, but that's definitely a fight I think I match up well with."

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