Rob Wilkinson will make his Octagon debut as a replacement opponent for Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Fight Night 115.
Wilkinson will replace the injured Abu Azaitar in the middleweight bout, which takes place on Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Fight News Australia first reported the change. UFC Fight Night 115 is headlined by a heavyweight duel between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov.
Wilkinson, 25, enters his first promotional foray with an 11-0 career mark. The Hybrid Training Centre representative has finished four of his professional victories by KO/TKO and six via submission. “Razor” last appeared at Euro FC 1, where he tapped out Alexander Poppeck with a rear-naked choke 3:51 into the opening stanza.
Bahadurzada, meanwhile, will be returning to action for the first time since a third-round submission triumph over Brandon Thatch at UFC 196 in August 2016. The 33-year-old Afghanistan native has competed just four times in the Octagon since 2012.