The stakes are rarely in question whenever two individuals lock horns in the cage but at Bellator 32 it’s fair to say they were a bit higher than normal for British welterweight Jim Wallhead. Wallhead, facing veteran competitor Ryan Thomas at the October 2010 event, had agreed to retire from Mixed Martial Arts with a loss in order to focus on providing for his family with work outside of the ring. With the weight of potentially saying goodbye to his MMA career on the line Wallhead refused to wilt and instead emerged victorious with a unanimous decision victory over his well-rounded opponent.
Now it appears he’ll have another opportunity to perform under pressure, as “Judo” Jim has been added to the group participating in Bellator Fighting Championships‘ Season 4 Welterweight Tournament set for airing this March on MTV2.
“Wallhead was a fighter we wanted to be part of Bellator for some time, but because of the volcanic ash in Europe, his arrival in the Bellator cage got delayed for a few months,” explained Bellator’s head-honcho Bjorn Rebney. “After his fight with Thomas, it was clear he was worth the wait. I’m excited to see if he can carry the momentum from that victory into the Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament.”
The 21-5 Wallhead has won his last eight fights and thirteen of his previous fourteen. In addition to Thomas he has found success against Che Mills and Jason Tan.
“I feel pumped getting ready to enter a tournament as stacked as this one,” Wallhead said of his involvement in the endeavor. “There are some great fighters in the mix and its wide open for everyone to make a name for themselves. It would be a dream come true to be the last man standing out of these eight talented fighters. What an achievement.”
Wallhead is the sixth official name thrown into the Season 4 line-up and joins Dan “The Handler” Hornbuckle, Rick Hawn, Brent Weedman, Chris “The Assassin” Lozano, and former title-holder Lyman Good.