Heath set to Tangle with Teixeira
Two fighters with eyes on championship gold will clash in what promises to be an explosive light heavyweight matchup on the main card of the Maximum Fighting Championship’s MFC 27: Breaking Point.
Riding an eight-fight winning streak into his MFC debut, Brazilian striker Glover Teixeira (10-2) will square-off against heavy-hitting American crowd-pleaser David Heath (16-6) on the HDNet Fights-televised lineup slated for Friday, November 12 at the River Cree Resort and Casino, just outside Edmonton, Alberta.
Heath, who has just signed a new and exclusive three-fight deal with the MFC, has become one of the organization’s most popular figures for his all-out aggressive style. He further endeared himself to the fans at MFC 26 when, in his first fight in the middleweight ranks, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, product ferociously knocked out Solomon Hutcherson with a Superman punch early in the second round. That feat earned Heath the Knockout of the Night honor and solidified his position as one of the organization’s most action-oriented fighters. Heath had previously shared the MFC’s 2009 Fight of the Year with Mike Nickels.
The 34-year-old has earned two other wins under the MFC/Heat XC banners, including a first-round submission via guillotine choke over former light heavyweight champion Roger Hollett at MFC 20. Eight of Heath’s 16 career wins have come by way of knockout.
Teixeira, a former training partner of Chuck Liddell’s at The Pit under coach John Hackleman, is a proven knockout artist with eight of his 10 career wins coming by knockout, and all of those stoppages coming before the end of Round 2. Included in Teixeira’s list of impressive knockouts is a finish of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in only 1:41 and a destruction of Jorge Oliveira that lasted a mere five seconds. In his only victory that went the distance, the Sobralia, Brazil, native earned a unanimous decision over veteran Matt Horwich.
Though obviously a well-reputed striker, Teixeira has an accomplished pedigree in submission grappling as well. The 31-year-old is a former Brazilian ADCC trials winner and has competed under submission wrestling rules against the likes of Jeff Monson and Brandon Vera.
The Heath/Teixeira matchup further adds to an already stacked card for MFC 27: Bragging Rights which features a welterweight title fight between Douglas “The Phenom” Lima and Jesse Juarez. Other bouts scheduled for the televised main card of MFC 27 include:
Dwayne Lewis vs. Razak Al-Hassan, light heavyweight
Ryan Ford vs. Pete Spratt, welterweight
Kajan Johnson vs. Orestes Betran, lightweight
A final main-card bout and the undercard are expected to be announced shortly.
Tickets for MFC 27: Bragging Rights are going fast. Tickets are available by calling the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024 and through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca and charge-by-phone (780) 451-8000.
MFC 27 Lineup