The 25-year-old, who trains at VT1 in Sydney, will face Afghanistan born Siyar “The Great” Bahadurzada in a middleweight contest at UFC Fight Night 115 scheduled for Rotterdam, Netherlands on September 2.
It will be Bahadurzada’s first bout in over 15 months and only his second since December 2013 after injuries forced him to take a hiatus from the sport. He makes the move to middleweight after splitting his four UFC fights at welterweight. The 33-year-old comes into the bout with a 22-6-1 pro record that includes 11 wins via KO/TKO.
Since making his professional debut back in 2011, Wilkinson (11-0) has won all but one fight via stoppage en-route to capturing both an Australian Fighting Championship title and a Brace tournament championship belt. He last competed back in October where he traveled to Finland and in a battle of undefeated fighters, submitted German Alexander Poppeck in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 115 will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Alexander Volkov and Stefan Struve. It will be available in Australia on UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports Australia.
Started Martial Arts training after watching Mr Miyagi and Daniel-son in Karate Kid back in 1987. By the time MMA arrived many years later, I was hooked. Coverage of local MMA was via scarce posts on forums like the Underground and Sherdog. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010. Outside the site, I dream of riding in an F1 car.