Jay Hieron finally has a new home and it’s not the UFC. Instead, Hieron signed an exclusive deal with Bellator to compete in their season four welterweight tournament. Hieron says Bellator is a “perfect fit.”

“Jay is a fantastic signing for us at 170 pounds,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a release. “Jay is a world-class fighter with serious talent. I can’t wait to see him back on national television competing against other top fighters where he belongs. He is a spectacular addition to our upcoming Season 4 welterweight tournament.”

“It’s just a great fit for me,” Hieron said. “At this point in my career, I want to stay as active as possible, and the tournament format allows me to do that. It’s a great organization, and it’s just the perfect fit.”

Other welterweights expected for the tournament include Dan Hornbuckle, Rick Hawn, Chris Lozano, Jim Wallhead, Steve Carl and Brent Weedman. A few of those guys could certainly give Hieron problems, but he has to be considered the early favorite. Of course, so was Roger Huerta in season 3’s lightweight tournament and look how that worked out for him.

Regardless, Hieron won’t have to worry about politics and other crap getting in between him and a title shot. No matter how boring or exciting he is, he’ll get a crack at the champ if he wins the tournament. I just hope for his sake, Bjorn Rebney comes through with that TV deal he keeps talking about. It would be a shame if he gets stuck fighting on cards no one gets to see again.