Well, the day is not out and neither are the fight announcements, because Erick Silva is going to be taking on another longtime welterweight stalwart when he takes on Jay Hieron at UFC 156. Both fighters are coming off losses that probably earned them as many fans as they lost, and both are looking to get back on the winning track. UFC 156 takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 2nd, which also happens to be super bowl weekend. The card will be headlined by a featherweight title fight with current champion Jose Aldo taking on former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Jay Hieron returned to the UFC as a replacement for an injured Josh Koscheck, against Jake Ellenberger. This was a rematch and even though Hieron got a few more weeks to train when UFC 151 was cancelled, he still lost to Ellenberger. He made the fight a lot closer than people expected though and proved why he is one of the best welterweights outside the UFC. Hieron is currently helping BJ Penn get ready for his December showdown against Rory MacDonald which is ironic as both will be prepping for young up and comers as they are the veterans of the sport now.
For Erick Silva he came very close to finishing Jon Fitch in his last fight, but the wily veteran pulled out a win in a fight of the night performance. While it is a loss on his record it can be seen as nothing more than a learning experience. While his record is a pedestrian 2-2 in the UFC, the disqualification loss should truly be a win, and we will see if the loss to Fitch helps him grow as a fighter. While Hieron is not as well known to the general public a win against him will give Silva a lot of clout within the hardcore fan base of MMA.