Jay Hieron's officially made it back to the big show. According to a report by MMA Junkie, Hieron will return to the UFC on September 1st at UFC 151 when he fills in for an injured Josh Koscheck against Jake Ellenberger. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani confirmed the news.
Hieron, 36, has two UFC fights already on his resume: a first-round TKO loss to then eventual champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 48 in June of 2004 and a third round stoppage via TKO (cut) against Jonathan Goulet at Ultimate Fight Night 2 in October of 2005.
The Xtreme Couture welterweight is 11-1 in his MMA career since November of 2007. His lone loss - one many observers believe is controversial - came to Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren in October of 2011. Hieron most recently fought and defeated Romario da Silva last month by second-round submission at Legacy Fighting Championships 12.
According to the MMA Junkie report, Legacy Fighting Championship officials released Hieron from his contract to allow him the opportunity to fight in the UFC.
Ellenberger, 27, most recently fought and lost to Martin Kampmann in June after putting together a six-fight welterweight win streak. He was originally scheduled to face Koscheck, but the former AKA welterweight was forced to withdraw due to a bulging disk injury.
Hieron and Ellenberger fought each other in June of 2006, making September's bout a rematch. Hieron won the first contest by unanimous decision in the IFL organization.