by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com British welterweight Jim Wallhead has been waiting for a long time to cut his teeth in the Bellator promotion, but all that looks set to change on Oct. 14 when he collides with Ryan Thomas at Bellator 32, to be held at the Kansas City Power and Light District.
Originally forced out of an encounter with Jacob McClintock due to the volcanic ash cloud that loomed large over England back in April, he has been waiting for a chance to make his debut while still remaining active on home soil. Wallhead picked up a first round rear naked choke win over Shaun Lomas at the Cage Warriors 37 show in May.
He was originally in talks to collide with Tyler Stinson, but the latter was tapped as a last minute replacement for Rory Markham at Bellator 26, paving the way for Ryan Thomas to step into the fold. Wallhead has been in camp for a while waiting for an opponent, but it is understood to be all signed and green-lit for the event.
For Wallhead, this marks his third outing to compete in the United States after a slot in “The Ultimate Fighter: U.K. vs. U.S.A.” fell through on account of having “too much experience” and his appearance on the U.S. Cage Warriors show back in January 2009.
Bellator has recognized Wallhead as one of the best unsigned prospects in the U.K. and has been persistent in securing his services post volcanic ash cloud.