British welterweight "Judo" Jim Wallhead (19-5) will make his long-awaited Bellator Fighting Championships debut against Ryan Thomas (11-5) at Bellator 32 on October 14, MMA Weekly reports. Wallhead was originally slated to compete in Bellator's Season 2 welterweight tournament, but was unable to travel to the United States after April's volcanic eruptions in Iceland grounded air travel in Europe. Photo by Jim Page for Sherdog.
One week after his controversial submission loss to Ben Askren, Ryan Thomas (10-4) will step in to replace the UK's Jim Wallhead against Jacob McClintock (6-0) at Bellator XV in Connecticut this Thursday. Wallhead is unable to travel to the United States from England due to flight restrictions caused by the Icelandic ash cloud. Photo by Thomas M. Rozdzynski.