Jimy Hettes has had a string of bad luck over the last few years. Multiple injuries to himself and to his opponents have scrapped a number of his fights. Hettes’s last win inside the Octagon came over Nam Phan in December of 2011 at UFC 141. Since then, Hettes lost to Marcus Brimage by decision, and has not fought since September of 2012.
It finally looked like Hettes was past all the injuries and bad luck when he was scheduled to fight Mike Wilkinson this weekend at UFC Fight Night 30. Then came the bad news. Wilkinson had to pull out of the fight with just 10 days until the event due to injury. It seemed unlikely the UFC would find a replacement for Wilkinson, and Hettes would have to sit on the sidelines for a few more months.
Amazingly, the UFC did find a replacement. Robert Whiteford (10-1), will be making his UFC debut against Hettes in about a week notice. Whiteford is the first Scottish fighter to fight in the UFC and will be looking to go 1-0 inside the promotion come saturday.
Whiteford has six TKO’s and 4 decision wins to his credit. He has not lost since his debut, and seems to be a solid matchup for Hettes. Both men have backgrounds in Judo, so some spectacular throws may be in order.
Here is the entire UFC Fight Night 30 card:
Main Card on Fox Sports 2 (3 PM ET)
Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz
Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard
Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo
Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck
Alessio Sakara vs. Nicholas Musoke
John Lineker vs. Phil Harris
Preliminary Card or Facebook (12 PM ET)
Al Iaquinta vs. Piotr Hallmann
Luke Barnatt vs. Andrew Craig
Rosi Sexton vs. Jessica Andrade
Andy Ogle vs. Cole Miller
Jim Hettes vs. Robert Whiteford
Bradley Scott vs. Michael Kuiper