Ben Askren vs. Jay Hieron Set for October 29
Bellator Fighting Championship has decided to put up their welterweight title up for grabs on the same exact night that the UFC is putting up theirs, October 29.
In one of the most high profile Bellator fights to date, champion Ben Askren will look to defend his title against recent tournament winner Jay Hieron at Bellator 56.
Bellator 56 is set to take place from the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. On October 29th and will feature the welterweight title fight between Askren and Hieron in the evenings main event.
Askren was last seen in April in a victory over Nick Thompson in a non-title matchup. He is currently 5-0 in the Bellator organization, which includes winning the season two Bellator welterweight tournament and besting Lyman Good to earn the Bellator welterweight title.
Hieron is a former UFC, Strikeforce and IFL fighter who has struggled to stay active over the years. With a less than complementary fighting style his drawing power has come into question time and time again. With that being said, he did walk through the competition to win Bellator’s most recent welterweight tournament and earn the shot at Asken’s belt.