by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Bellator Fighting Championships on Monday announced the signing of British welterweight Jim Wallhead for the promotion’s second season of tournament action.

Wallhead (18-5), known as “Judo Jim,” hails from Leicester, England and trains out of Team Rough House alongside UFC veterans Dan Hardy, Paul Daley, Ross Pearson, and Andre Winner.

Wallhead has served the majority of his professional appearances for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. He is currently riding a six-fight win streak and has notable wins over UFC vets Jason Tan and Che Mills.

“Adding Jim to our welterweight division is magic for Bellator,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney in a prepared statement. “As one of Europe’s top welterweights, Jim will no doubt use our April tournament on Fox Sports Net to introduce U.S. MMA fans to what European fans already know. Jim is the real deal. As a fan, I can’t wait to see Wallhead, Askren, McClintok and Hornbuckle face off.”

Bellator’s second season features 8-man tournaments in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight classes will determine the challengers to Bellator’s season one champions. The action starts April 8, 2010 and runs for 12 successive weeks, airing live on Fox Sports and Saturdays on tape delay on NBC and Telemundo.

“I’ve been looking for a home in a big promotion for quite a while, so I’m just over the moon about signing with Bellator,” said Wallhead. “I watched the Bellator shows last year, and it’s really just a great, high-standards promotion. I’m relishing the challenge to let it all hang out, to take some risks and, hopefully, to have some success against the top competition in the world.”