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Botter: Hieron beat Ellenberger back in 2006, but those were different times and this is a completely different Ellenberger. It's also a completely different Hieron in that he's aged quite a bit over the years, and he's now at the tail end of a middling career. He got his lucky break by being called back into the UFC, but the unfortunate flip side is that he has to face a wrecking ball like Ellenberger. Ellenberger by TKO, round 1
Harris: Ellenberger seems to have a wide advantage on paper over Old Man Hieron. But don't forget he beat Jake Ellenberger back in 2006 and cornered Martin Kampmann when Kampmann upended Ellenberger. Maybe, just maybe, Hieron can dirty it up enough to pull the stunner. Hieron by split decision.
Snowden: Jay Hieron's career has been one disaster after another. Undeniably talented, Hieron simply hasn't gotten the breaks he needed to make a name on the national level. The time is now. Seven years after he last fought in the UFC Octagon, Hieron will step back into the cage in the big show. Jake Ellenberger, who won six in a row before seeing his title shot collapse under the force of Martin Kampmann's knees, willbe there to greet him. For Hieron, it will be right back to the end of the line. Ellenberger by decision
Roth: I've been a Jay Hieron fan for years now. I thought he was one of the obvious choices to get brought over once the IFL collapsed. Instead, he put together a very impressive record outside of the UFC and now he gets his chance to show he belongs. Unfortunately, he's fighting Jake Ellenberger who is just a better version of Hieron. I expect this to be a short bout with Hieron getting put to sleep. Ellenberger by TKO, round 1