Rodney Wallace (left): Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
UFC light heavyweight veteran Rodney
Wallace will compete in place of Brazilian Glover
Teixeira in his showdown with David Heath
Fighting Championship 27, going down on Nov. 12 from the River
Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The bout alteration was first reported on the MFC Web site on
Tuesday morning. According to the Canadian fight promotion,
problems with Teixeira’s travel visa prevented the Brazilian from
making the trip.
“Our entire organization is extremely disappointed that Mr.
Teixeira’s camp could not get these travel issues sorted out,
particularly since the fight against David Heath had been agreed
upon several weeks ago. In fact, it was one of the very first
fights booked for MFC 27,” said promotion owner Mark Pavelich.
Wallace is coming off three losses in as many bouts for the UFC. He
was cut from the promotion on Sept. 23 and has not fought since his
release. Prior to his three fight skid, “Sho Nuff The Master” had
gone undefeated in his career, racking up two submissions and a
knockout through nine fights. Wallace has never been finished, and
his most notable victory to date came at the expense of Strikeforce
light heavyweight competitor Antwain
Britt in 2009.
Heath, another UFC castaway, is perhaps most famous for being on
the business end of a Renato
Sobral anaconda choke in 2007. In the second round of their UFC
74 contest, “Babalu” locked up the submission on an
already-lacerated Heath. As the Brazilian squeezed tighter, Heath
tapped out while blood poured from his cut. Sobral ignored the
referee’s order to release the hold, squeezing even harder and
causing Heath to pass out. Sobral himself was later released for
the incident. Like Wallace, Heath dropped three straight inside the
Octagon before receiving his walking papers. Since then, the native
Oklahoman has found greener pastures, going 7-3 in his next 10
fights, though he holds just a 2-3 record in the MFC.