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dudeabides 10-23-2011 08:06 PM

Bellator FC 56: Askren vs Hieron
 
Bellator 56
Date: Oct 29, 2011
Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Venue: Memorial Hall
Broadcast: MTV2 and Spike.com



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MAIN CARD (MTV2)

* Champ Ben Askren vs. Jay Hieron (for welterweight title)
* Neil Grove vs. Thiago Santos (heavyweight-tourney semifinals)*
* Eric Prindle vs. Ron Sparks (heavyweight-tourney semifinals)

UNDER CARD (Spike.com)

* Rudy Bears vs. Brazil Marcio Navarro
* Nick Nolte vs. Giva Santana
* Adam Schindler vs. Jeremy Spoon

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One of the biggest title fights in Bellator history now has a date.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the event that undefeated Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren (8-0 MMA, 5-0 BFC) will meet recent tournament winner Jay Hieron (22-4 MMA, 3-0 BFC) at Bellator 56.

The event takes place Oct. 29 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

The night's main card airs on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX), and the prelims stream on Spike.com.

As MMAjunkie.com recently reported, Bellator officials hoped to host the title fight at the University of Missouri in Columbia, which is Askren's alma mater. However, scheduling conflicts made any suitable venues unavailable.

Askren and Hieron have made no secret of their dislike for each other in recent months. In fact, the trash talk began soon after Hieron was crowned the No. 1 contender.

Askren, a two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion at Mizzou and a 2008 U.S. Olympian, made his pro debut in 2009 and joined Bellator a year later. He's 5-0 in the organization, which included a season-two welterweight tourney championship that included victories over Ryan Thomas (twice) and Dan Hornbuckle. He then took the belt from Lyman Good before an April non-title win over veteran fighter Nick Thompson.

Hieron, a former UFC and Strikeforce fighter who also held the IFL welterweight title, joined Bellator earlier this year and notched tourney victories over Anthony Lapsley, Brent Weedman and Rick Hawn to earn a title shot. The former JUCO national wrestling champion and NCAA Division I wrestler now has won 10 straight fights, which included victories over the likes of Jason High, Jesse Taylor and Joe Riggs.
http://mmajunkie.com/news/25458/cham...ansas-city.mma

kantowrestler 10-24-2011 09:59 PM

This should be a good fight. You have the champ Askren versus the veteran Hieron. Both of them have their own challenges.

joshua7789 10-25-2011 12:59 PM

Askrens wrestling is to damn good. Hieron is better at everything else, but Askren is gonna ride out a decision.

kantowrestler 10-25-2011 03:50 PM

The one thing about Askren's wrestling is that it's not the average wrestler's wrestling. He was a very funky wrestler. As a MMA fighter that translates to funky BJJ as well.

Rauno 10-25-2011 04:36 PM

Askren's taking this.

kantowrestler 10-25-2011 08:45 PM

I agree. But you have to admit that Hieron has the experience advantage. Though that probably won't help that much.

gazh 10-30-2011 06:39 AM

Askren wins by the skin of his teeth.

joshua7789 10-30-2011 08:54 AM

That was really close. I thought Hieron won, but given that he was gifted two decisions on the way to this fight, I guess it was his turn.

neoseeker 10-30-2011 12:12 PM

Two wrongs do not a right things up. Hieron won that fight convincingly. If Hieron was given a pass in the previous fights that is something Bellator needs to look into, the same as with this one. Remember, Bellator is a lot smaller than the UFC and cannot afford to be seeN as a promotion that favors some fighter over others. This is exactly what happened here. The Askren hype machine won that fight even though Askren has no stand up what-so-ever. This fight is another black eye to MMA. Congratulations to Hieron for putting on a good show last night.

joshua7789 10-30-2011 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by neoseeker (Post 1495270)
Two wrongs do not a right things up. Hieron won that fight convincingly. If Hieron was given a pass in the previous fights that is something Bellator needs to look into, the same as with this one. Remember, Bellator is a lot smaller than the UFC and cannot afford to be seeN as a promotion that favors some fighter over others. This is exactly what happened here. The Askren hype machine won that fight even though Askren has no stand up what-so-ever. This fight is another black eye to MMA. Congratulations to Hieron for putting on a good show last night.

Its not right, but it is a bit karmic.


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