Tyron Woodley replaces injured Erick Silva at UFC 156
It looks like injury bugs continues to strike, as we welcome in 2013. Luckily, the UFC roster is starting to expand, as another former Strikeforce fighter lands an opportunity, due to an injury. The start of this trend was when Derek Brunson filled in opposite of Chris Leben at the most recent UFC 155. Now former Strikeforce welterweight title challenger Tyron Woodley steps in for an injured Erick Silva opposite of Jay Hieron. This bout takes place at UFC 156, headlined by Frankie Edgar versus Jose Aldo on super bowl weekend in Vegas.
Tyron Woodley has not fought since his TKO loss to Nate Marquardt for the Strikeforce welterweight title back in July of last year. Before that bout he was on a tear, going a perfect 10-0. He took out tough fighters such as Andre Galvao, Tarec Saffiedine, and Paul Daley. Hieron will be a tough test for Woodley as both of their strengths lie in the same place. Woodley uses a wrestling heavy game which is what Hieron is known for.
Jay Hieron was always seen as one of the best fighters to never have a win in the octagon, and that continued in his return with a loss in a rematch to Jake Ellenberger. At age 36, he is getting toward the end of his career, but he continues to be one of the hardest working fighters in the business. His career has been filled with misfortune as he was amped to sign with Affliction. Unfortunately the organization quickly disbanded. Strikeforce had promised him a title shot which he never received. Bellator enacted a rematch clause a few months after his close split decision loss to champ Ben Askren. He was part of the cancelled UFC 151 card, missing a payday. Hopefully, he can earn his first win in the octagon in this fight, and turn his luck around finally.