Jay Hieron had to pay Bellator to be released from contract

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The former Bellator welterweight finalist announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he had been released from his Bellator contract. He later told NBCSports.com that he asked for the release.

“I asked for a rematch with (Ben) Askren and they said no to go back through the tournament,” he said. “That just didn’t make sense to me cause I thought I beat him already.”

And while he finally convinced Bellator to let him out of his contract, it came with a price.

“I had to pay them back my signing bonus,” he said, “but at this point in my career, I would rather do that than sit on the shelf.”

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