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Tyron Woodley replaces Erick Silva, meets Jay Hieron at UFC 156 | UFC News

UFC officials announced yesterday that former Strikeforce welterweight title contender Tyron Woodley (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his octagon debut at UFC 156, when he faces Jay Hieron (23-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC).

Woodley¬†got the call and agreed to step¬†in to replace an injured¬†Erick Silva (14-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) on the Febraury¬†card. A timetable for Silva’s return has yet to be established.

Woodley makes his¬†octagon debut¬†on the heels of his first career¬†loss¬†which he suffered to¬†Nate Marquardt in a July 2012 bid for Strikeforce’s then-vacant 170-pound title. The loss snapped a 10-fight win streak for the American Top Team product, who finished¬†with an 8-1 record¬†under the Strikeforce banner.

“T-Wood” now meets Jay Hieron, who is still looking for his first career UFC win.¬†After suffering two losses inside the octagon early in his career, Hieron was let go by the UFC, which resulted in¬†Jay fighting¬†for numerous smaller promotions. After¬†putting together an impressive run outside the UFC, Jay got the call¬†to step back in to the octagon at October’s UFC on FX 5 event, where he ended up losing a close decision to Jake Ellenberger.

UFC 156 is set to take place February 2nd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar.




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