When October 29 rolls around Georges St. Pierre won’t be the only talented welterweight putting his gold up for grabs, as Bellator FC has confirmed undefeated 170-pound champ Ben Askren will defend his title against tournament-winner Jay Hieron.
The bout will take place at Kansas City’s Memorial Hall on a card also featuring the semifinals of the organization’s heavyweight tournament, the opening round of which kicks off later tonight at Bellator 52 on MTV2/EPIX (9:00 PM EST).
“It’s an unreal feeling knowing I’ll be fighting so close to Mizzou,” said Askren in a press release when asked about the match-up. “Funky” was anything but on the mats in his career as a Missouri Tiger where he won multiple NCAA championships.
However, the 8-0 Askren is positive the emotion won’t interfere come showtime, adding,“It won’t affect me during the fight, I could beat Jay in his living room, but to be able to celebrate with all my friends and family after the win is going to awesome.”
Of course Hieron has a different plan in mind. “I’ve been getting ready for this fight for months, so location doesn’t matter,” the Xtreme Couture original explained. “I’ve got one goal in mind, and that’s punching this guy in the face and taking his belt. We all know the game he is going to bring to the cage, and everyone knows mine, so it’s going to be a war, simple as that.”
Hieron will represent the toughest opponent has faced so far in his career with a 22-4 record and wins in ten straight. He holds past victories over Jesse Taylor, Jason High, Joe Riggs, and Jake Ellenberger, though earned his shot at Askren in semi-controversial fashion after taking home a Split Decision against <a href=http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/05/07/bellator-43-live-results>Rick Hawn in the Season 4</a> tournament final.
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