The UFC needed a featherweight replacement for Mike Wilkinson on just about a week's notice, and it got one.
Scottish featherweight Robert Whiteford (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is expected to step in for the injured Wilkinson (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) to face Jimy Hettes (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 30 this week.
MMAjunkie.com today learned from sources close to the fighter that Whiteford has verbally agreed to the contest and that bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
UFC Fight Night 30 takes place Saturday at Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. The main card will air on FOX Sports 2 following prelims on MMAjunkie.com and Facebook. The Hettes-Whiteford fight is expected to be part of the prelims stream.