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Strikeforce’s Jay Hieron Could Be Headed Back To UFC

Jay Hieron was hoping he had earned a shot at the welterweight title after posting a dominant win over Joe Riggs at Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Miami” event, but all he received was an uncertain future which could open the door for a potential Octagon return.

“He has an exclusive negotiating period with Strikeforce, but beyond that he is (a free agent), he has no more fights left on his deal,” Hieron’s agent, Ken Pavia, told “There’s an exclusive negotiating period, and then there’s also a right to match, which is pretty standard in the industry at this point.”

Hieron holds an impressive 19-4 professional record and has been perfect through his last seven scraps, a run which saw him capture the IFL welterweight crown. Unfortunately, all of the Xtreme Couture-trained fighter’s success has come outside of the Octagon’s fences as he holds a 0-2 mark in the UFC.

“You’ve got to consider every option and opportunity for a fighter. You’ve ultimately got to weigh the benefits and the detriments for everyone. It’s basic logic, you’ve got to consider everything,” Pavia added.