MMA Plus has learnt that British fan favourite Jimmy Wallhead is expected to again compete in the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) according to sources close to the situation.
Following a KO victory over Frenchman Florent Betorangal in December of 2013, Wallhead (27-9) left BAMMA in favor of rival promotion Cage Warriors who secured the welterweight fighter to an exclusive five-fight deal.
Having returned to the promotion where his career started, the Loughborough native competed twice under the CWFC banner in 2014, but suffered his first knockout loss in almost a decade against Danny Roberts at CWFC 68 in May. Wallhead returned to form six months later by knocking out Spain’s Juan Manuel Suarez at CWFC 73.
However, 2015 saw the implosion of Cage Warriors following event cancellations and the departure of CEO Graham Boylan. A number of fighters such as Tom Breese and Nicolas Dalby secured their release in order to join the UFC ranks, while the Cage Warriors roster as a whole was granted a one-fight pass to compete in another organization.
Wallhead most recently competed on March 26 in United Arab Emirates and secured yet another KO stoppage over Brazilian Rodrigo Ribeiro on the card of Abu Dhabi Warriors 2. While it seems that the Bellator veteran took advantage of the one-fight pass to compete outside of Cage Warriors, MMA Plus sources indicate that the 31-year-old has also secured his release and will rejoin BAMMA.
Both Wallhead and BAMMA are yet to confirm the development.
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