British Association of Mixed Martial Arts middleweight champion
Watson has suffered a back injury and has been forced to
withdraw from his Sept. 10 title defense against Frank Trigg,
BAMMA officials announced Wednesday.
Stepping in to fill the void in the
BAMMA 7 headliner will be Bellator Fighting Championships
welterweight veteran Jim
Wallhead, who will meet Trigg in a non-title affair.
The event will emanate from the National Indoor Arena in
Birmingham, England, and will also feature a lightweight title
fight between Rob
Sinclair and Leonardo
Santos. Additionally, UFC veteran Efrain
Escudero will appear on the card, as the winner of “The
Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 squares off with Tim
A seven-year pro, Wallhead (Pictured) recently had an eight-fight
winning streak snapped by Rick Hawn in
the quarterfinals of Bellator’s latest 170-pound tournament. “Judo
Jim” won his debut with the promotion in October, outpointing
Thomas at Bellator 32.
“I’m really grateful BAMMA has given me this chance to fight on
such a big card against a high-level athlete like Frank Trigg,”
Wallhead stated in an official release. “It’s a test that I’m
looking forward to, but I hope he doesn’t think I’m just a late
replacement who is there for a quick payday. I’m there to get back
to where I belong: at the top, above people like him.”
Trigg had his most recent run with the UFC cut short last year when
he was released by the promotion following losses to Josh
Koscheck and Matt Serra.
“Twinkle Toes” rebounded from those defeats with victories in his
last two contests, knocking out Roy Neeman in
November and John
Phillips in May.