Erick Silva injured, Tyron Woodley steps in to face Jay Hieron at...

Erick Silva injured, Tyron Woodley steps in to face Jay Hieron at UFC 156

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Strikeforce Welterweight contender Tyron Woodley has been called upon to step in and replace an injured Erick Silva against MMA Veteran Jay Hieron at UFC 156. With more and more Strikeforce fighters making their UFC debut and only a handful left, this makes the merger much more gradual than many fans may have originally anticipated.

Tyron Woodley makes his Octagon debut with an honorable 10-1 record, injecting even more talent into the Welterweight division in the process. Coming off a KO Loss to Nate Marquardt for the vacant Welterweight title, Woodley will be looking to leave an impression on the UFC brass, while making a name for himself and possibly gaining some new fans in the process.

Jay Hieron on the other hand will be looking for his first UFC victory after suffering a Unanimous Decision loss to Jake Ellenberger at the last UFC on FX event.

UFC 156 will take place February 2nd, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vega, Nevada. The pay-per-view headliner will be a featherweight superfight featuring Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/D D

    UFC doesn't do Hieron any favors do they…GSP, Ellenberger, and now they replace one of the scariest young fighters in the world with another bad matchup for him in Woodley. I expect Hieron to do more damage, but spend too much time on his back to win a decision.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Akordas Akordas

      well ww is a black hole. Ellenberger, Diaz, Condit, Macdonald, Maia, Story, Hendricks, Now Nate Marquat, Josh Koscheck. Its means Hieron have a big balls, looking forward.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheRealDeal TheRealDeal

    "With more and more Strikeforce fighters making their UFC debut and only a handful left, this makes the merger much more gradual than many fans may have originally anticipated."

    Statement makes zero sense. You mean to say "makes the merger much quicker", not gradual.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BryanFontez Bryan Fontez

      Actually it makes complete sense andI meant it exactly the way I wrote it.

      If I have 3 months to give you 9 apples, and I give you 3 per month. is that not gradual? Rather than giving you all 10 when the 3 months are over?

      We expected the SF fighters to come over in one lump sum of fighters once the last event took place, but instead they're being squeezed over one by one as replacements, leaving only a few left.

      Makes sense to me.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BryanFontez Bryan Fontez

        and sorry I meant all 9 lol

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/KeithFarrell KeithFarrell

    One of the most exciting guys in the WW division getting swapped for perhaps the most boring. I have ever seen Tyron in one good fight and was mainly because he was getting demolished, for the most part, by Marquardt.

    Will watch the fight as I watch every single UFC match up…. but definitely lost all excitement for it.

    Kind of feel bad for Hieron… fighting a guy with a smaller name who might not be as good but will almost certainly bring less press before and after to the fight.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ripstic5021 ripstic5021

    I really wanted to see Erick Silva. Woodley is meh.