mike-wilkinson-1.jpgAn injury has forced a change to the preliminary card of next week’s UFC Fight Night 30 card in England.

England’s Mike Wilkinson (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is out of his featherweight fight against Jimy Hettes (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), a source close to the bout on Friday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com. According to the source, the UFC is actively seeking a replacement for Wilkinson to take the fight with Hettes on only about one week’s notice. But with the card taking place next Saturday, and in the United Kingdom, time and a replacement fighter’s home base may be factors.

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place Oct. 26 at Manchester Arena, also known as Phones 4U Arena, in Manchester, England. The main card will air on FOX Sports 2 following prelims on Facebook. The Wilkinson-Hettes fight was set to stream on Facebook.

Wilkinson, a lightweight cast member on the U.K. vs. Australia edition of “The Ultimate Fighter,” beat Grant Blackler by submission in his lone fight in the “TUF: Smashes” house. But he was injured in training and replaced by Richie Vaculik in the semifinals.

He was able to fight at the show’s live finale this past December, though, UFC on FX 6 in Australia, and he took a unanimous decision from Brandan Loughnane in an exciting fight on the preliminary card. In June, he ventured to Brazil for UFC on FUEL TV 10, where he was stopped quickly into the first round by a Rony Jason triangle choke.

Hettes in September 2012 lost for the first time when he dropped a unanimous decision against Marcus Brimage at UFC 152 in Toronto. Prior to that, “The Kid” had started 10-0, including wins in his first two UFC fights – a submission win over Alex Caceres and a unanimous decision over Nam Phan, both in 2011.

The Pennsylvania native recently moved his training camp to the AMA Fight Club team led by Mike Constantino in Whippany, N.J., less than two hours from his previous home base. Hettes was scheduled to meet Steven Siler at UFC 159 in April in New Jersey, but was forced out with an injury.

With the change, the current UFC Fight Night 30 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 2, 3 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 11:45 a.m. ET)

For more on UFC Fight Night 30, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Mike Wilkinson)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Gonzalez Replaces Koch in UFC 203 Bout against Dober

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 views

A training injury has forced lightweight prospect Erik Koch from his UFC 203 bout against Drew Dober. Stepping in for "New Breed" on September 10 in Cleveland will be Octagon newcomer Jason Gonzalez. read news >>

Browne replaces Rothwell, gets Werdum rematch

  • 16 days ago
  • 5 views

An injury to heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell has given No. 7-ranked Travis Browne a shot at redemption on September 10 in Cleveland, as he meets up with former world champion Fabricio Werdum in th read news >>

Injuries Force Changes to Brasilia Card

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 views

Injuries have forced some changes to the UFC Fight Night card in Brasilia, Brazil on September 24. read news >>

Several Injuries Force Changes to UFC Fight Night 95: Cyborg vs. Lansberg Card

  • 12 days ago
  • 20 views

Several injuries have forced a shake up to the UFC Fight Night 95: Cyborg vs. Lansberg fight card in Brasilia, Brazil. read news >>

Conor McGregor Injury: Updates on UFC Star's Shin and Return

  • 7 days ago
  • 14 views

Conor McGregor exacted revenge against Nate Diaz on Saturday night, securing a majority-decision victory in a five-round thriller, but he reportedly didn't escape the action at UFC 202 without suffer read news >>

Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia: Did a Scheduling Change Swing the Edge to Condit?

  • 3 days ago
  • 10 views

When Carlos Condit and Demian Maia square off Saturday at UFC on Fox 21, it's entirely possible a welterweight title shot will hang in the balance. That makes sense. Maia (23-6) has more degrees on h read news >>

Gerald Meerschaert Replaces Joe Riggs in Valor Fights 36 Main Event

  • 24 days ago
  • 13 views

With Joe Riggs forced out of his main event bout against Sidney Wheeler at Valor Fights 36 due to injury, Valor Fights has found a replacement. read news >>

Holly Holm Injury: Updates on UFC Star's Recovery from Thumb Surgery

  • 24 days ago
  • 57 views

Nearly two weeks after losing to Valentina Shevchenko by unanimous decision, former UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm had to undergo surgery to repair a thumb injury. Continue for updates. read news >>

RFA 42 Gets New Headliner

  • 20 days ago
  • 6 views

Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced on Friday that there has been a change at the top of RFA 42 read news >>

Sid Wheeler Not Rattled by Late-Notice Change for Valor Fights 36

  • 18 days ago
  • 4 views

Sid Wheeler was looking forward to fighting UFC vet Joe Riggs at Valor Fights 36, but a late-notice change of opponent won't shake him. read news >>