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North Carolina's Wallace replaces Teixeira against Heath at MFC 27

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North Carolina light-heavyweight Rodney Wallace will step in on short notice to face fellow UFC veteran David Heath this Friday at MFC 27 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Wallace replaces Glover Teixeira who had to bow out of the fight due to issues with his visa, the official MFC website reported early Tuesday.

"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 Mark Pavelich, Owner/President of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

"I am excited that a tough competitor like Rodney Wallace has stepped in to take the fight, and I would also very much like to give full credit to David Heath for accepting the opponent change without one bit of hesitation. He is very much a ‘company guy' and a true fighter. That's why we appreciate him and that's why the MFC fans appreciate him so much."

Wallace was 9-0 before entering the UFC, where he lost the first three fights of his career and was released. All three losses were by unanimous decision, the most recent coming against Phil Davis at UFC 117 in August.

Heath has won three in a row.

MFC 27 airs live at 10 p.m. ET Friday on HDNet.

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