This is the live blog for Jay Hieron vs. Rick Hawn at Bellator 43. This is the finals of Bellator's season four welterweight tournametn. Jay Hieron is 21-4, and a veteran of the UFC, Strikeforce, and the IFL. He defeated Brent Weedman and Anthony Lapsley on his road to the finals. Rick Hawn is perfect in 11 fights. He defeated Jim Wallhead and Lyman Good to reach the finals.
Round 1 - Our referee for this bout is Jason Herzog. Hieron comeos out and takes center-cage. Leg kick lands. And another. Hawn misses with a right hand. Hieron lands a counter left. Leg kick. Uppercut and left hook for Hieron. Hawn looks outclassed early. Two leg kicks for Hieron. Jab for Hawn. Side kick sends Hawn into the fence. Cup check for Hawn after an errant leg kick. Hieron with lots of kicks early. Jab. Ducks under a right hand. Another leg kick for Hieron. Jab for Hieron. Another as Hawn comes in. And another. Jumping knee misses. Leg kick for Hieron. Little offense for Hawn with just under 90 seconds to go. Jab lands for Hawn. Right hand for Hieron. Body kick lands.
SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Jay Hieron.
Round 2 - Hieron circling. Quick exchange. Hieron jabs. Hawn isn't going to win a kickboxing match. Hieron just misses with a spinning back fist. Leg kick. Hawn comes forward and grazes with a right hand. Hieron with a right hand. Hawn blocks a body kick. Spinning back kick just misses for Hieron. Leg kick lands though. Hawn comes forward with a wild fury. Hieron slips momentarily. Hieron lands with a right. Hawn not checking a leg kick. Hawn is short on all of his punches. Good left from Hawn. Hieron responds with a one-two. Superman right for Hawn. Hawn plodding forward throughout. Trip takedown for Hieron, but Hawn back up as the round ends.
SB Nation scores the round 10-10.
Round 3 - Jab from Hawn lands. Hieron with a combination. Hawn landing more as this fight goes on. They trade jabs. Spinning back kick from Hieron clips Hawn's midsection. Right-left for Hieron in the clinch. Hawn lands a right. Hawn stuffs a takedown. This is a much different fight than what we saw in the first. Hieron blasts the lead leg. Stiff jab from Hawn. Right hand. Lead hook. Hawn blasts the lead leg. Another. Mirror image of the first halfway through. Hieron comes back with a one-two. Hawn responds. Left to the body for Hawn. Right hand for Hieron. Just over a minute left now. Hieron's spinning back kick just misses. Hawn checks a leg kick. Hawn lands a left and a right leg kick. Another. Sloppier action with thirty seconds to go. Jab for Hawn. Another.
SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Hawn, and declares the bout a draw.
Jay Hieron defeats Rick Hawn by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).