The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) confirmed today that a back injury has forced middleweight champ Tom “Kong” Watson to withdraw from his Sept. 10 title defense bout at BAMMA 7 against Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg (21-8).
Stepping in for Watson to face Trigg in a non-title bout will be Clash of Warriors welterweight champ and Bellator veteran “Judo” Jim Wallhead (21-6). The 27-year-old Englishman is part of Team Rough House alongside such fighters as Paul “Semtex” Daley and Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy.
Prior to a decision loss to Rick Hawn in March, Wallhead had won eight straight fights, scoring notable wins over Ryan Thomas and Che Mills. Eager to get back on track with a strong performance, Wallhead commented on facing a big name like Trigg:
“I’m really grateful BAMMA have given me this chance to fight on such a big card against a high level athlete like Frank Trigg. 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.”
BAMMA 7 will take place on September 10 at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. In addition to Wallhead vs. Trigg, BAMMA 7 will also feature a championship bout between BAMMA lightweight champ Rob Sinclair vs. Leonardo Santos. Also, TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero will face Tim Radcliffe.
Stay tuned to ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) as more fights are expected to be announced shortly.