Jay Hieron Announces Retirement From MMA
Jay Hieron, a veteran of 30 Pro MMA bouts, announced his retirement from fighting. He made the announcement on Twitter, saying “Just wanna say Thank you to my family,friends, & fans. I’m Officially Retiring from Professional Fighting today!”
Hieron (23-7) has fought in a number of notable promotions, including the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, Affliction, Ring of Combat, and the IFL. He holds wins in all of those promotions, except for the UFC, where he went 0-4 in two separate runs. However, he fought top competition in those fights, losing to Georges St-Pierre, Jake Ellenberger, Tyrone Woodley, and Jonathon Goulet, the last of which is considered one of the bloodiest fights in UFC history. He has not fought since his KO loss to Woodley in 2013.
Career highs for the “Thoroughbred” Include a unanimous decision win over top Welterweight Jake Ellenberger in 2006, a brutal first-round KO over Jason High in 2009, and a split decision win over Rick Hawn in 2011, which saw him crowned the Season 4 Bellator Welterweight Tournament champion. Following that, he gave the undefeated Ben Askren the toughest fight of his career, losing to Askren in a close split decision, which many believed that he should have gotten the nod.