British featherweight Mike Wilkinson has been forced to withdraw from this weekend’s Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Germany, making way for countryman Arnold Allen’s short-notice Octagon debut.
UFC officials Monday announced that Wilkinson pulled out of his bout with Alan Omer due to injury. Wilkinson suffered a dislocated shoulder in training last Friday, according to a post on his Twitter account.
Instead, Omer will face last-minute replacement Allen at UFC Fight Night “Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne,” which takes place this Saturday, June 20, at O2 World arena in Berlin.
Allen holds a record of 9-1 with seven finishes after three years as a professional. The 21-year-old made a name for himself in England’s Cage Warriors Fighting Championship but last competed under the Made 4 the Cage banner in November, when he picked up a second-round stoppage of Paul Cook.
Omer will look to rebound from a loss in his UFC debut, which came against another CWFC veteran, Jim Alers, over one year ago. Omer, who saw a four-fight winning streak snapped with the defeat, was scheduled to face Mirsad Bektic in January but was forced to withdraw from the bout only weeks before.