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I am Jay Hieron a Mixed Martial Arts fighter.  Currently I am the 170 pound champion of the IFL.  I have been competing in MMA for 6 years.  I have been wrestling since I was 14.  I started wrestling at Freeport High School.  I wrestled at 91 pounds my Freshman year and was up to 126 pounds my Senior year.  In college I wrestled for two years at Nassau Community College where I won the Junior College National Championships and then at Hofstra my Junior year.  Senior year at Hofstra I got into some trouble, we’ll get into that later.

Right now I am in between fights.  About a month ago (April 4th, 2008) I defended my title for the first time.  I beat a guy named Mark Miller in front of a packed house in New Jersey.  I won the belt December 29th in Connecticut.  It was the Finals of a 4-man tournament.  I defeated Delson Heleno a jiu jitsu expert from Brazil.  It was the biggest fight of my career.  

Right now I’m trying to learn.  I’m back in the gym, but I’m not breaking my body down.  I’m trying to improve on my skills.  Once you stop learning your days are pretty much numbered in this game.  A couple of weeks ago I went down to UNLV to spar with Chris Byrd, the former heavyweight boxing champ.  I wanted to see different angles, different looks  because he is a world class boxer.  He’s a great guy.  He doesn’t have an ego at all.   I plan on working with him more in the future.  

I’m also concentrating on my ground game. I’m working with Robert Drysdale down here at the gym.  He won the Abu Dhabi open weight division in 2007.  The Abu Dhabi tournament is one of the biggest grappling events in the world.  He has been working with me on passing the guard and lots of little things to add onto my game. Pretty much when you get on a high level of competition it could be one little move of your body to make a move work that much better.  So that’s why his eyes are great for me to work with, because he sees a lot of things.  

I’m trying to fight next in August.  I don’t know an exact date.  I definitely want to fight Brad Blackburn.  That’s my last loss.  But it doesn’t matter who it is really.  Right now I’m just trying to improve on my skills and become a better fighter all the way around.  I’ll start the hard training about 9 weeks out, and start picking everything up.  

Feel free to ask me any questions and I’ll answer them in my next post.  

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