A new bout has been formed for the UFC 156 card as Jay Hieron (23-6) now faces Tyron Woodley (10-1) in a welterweight matchup. Hieron was originally scheduled to face Erick Silva (14-3), but the Brazilian native suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw.
UFC officials announced the new fight earlier today.
UFC 156 takes place on Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event will feature a headline title bout between current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Frankie Edgar. The main card will air LIVE on PPV, with the prelims expected to air on Facebook and FX/FUEL TV.
Jay Hieron last fought at UFC on FX 5 in October, where he dropped a unanimous decision loss against Jake Ellenberger. Prior to that he scored a second round submission victory over Romario da Silva at Legacy FC 12 in July. That win followed a split decision loss to Ben Askren at Bellator 56 in October 2011, where Hieron challenged for the Bellator welterweight championship after winning the season 4 tournament. Hieron will no doubt look to get himself back into the win column with a big performance against Woodley.
Tyron Woodley was last in action at “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy” in July, where he dropped a fourth round KO loss against Nate Marquardt, which was his time defeated as a pro. Prior to that he had been on a ten-fight winning streak, beating notable fighters such as Tarec Saffiedine, Paul Daley and Jordan Mein. Woodley now has the chance to make a big entrance into the UFC with a win over Hieron on Feb.2.
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