Rodney Wallace (fighter)

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Rodney Wallace
Born Rodney Wallace
(1981-11-21) November 21, 1981 (age 33)
Bamberg, South Carolina
Other names Sho Nuff The Master
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Style Wrestling, Boxing
Fighting out of Charlotte, North Carolina
Team Team ROC/Fight Legion
Mixed martial arts record
Total 32
Wins 22
By knockout 6
By submission 2
By decision 14
Losses 9
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 5
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rodney Wallace is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division. He has competed for the UFC, the MFC, KSW, Jungle Fight, and M-1 Global.


Wallace was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, moved to Passaic, New Jersey when he was one year old, then returned to his birthplace at the age of 13 when he began playing football and wrestling. At Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, Wallace competed in both sports as well as track and field, and reached the state championship in wrestling when he was freshman, then won the championship in his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Wallace continued his football career with a scholarship to NCAA Division II Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina where he was an All-Conference running back from 2001-2004[1] and finished his career as the school's all-time leading rusher.[2][3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Wallace lost his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale by unanimous decision to former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Stann.[4]

Wallace next fought Jared Hamman on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111.[5] Wallace lost this fight by way of a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). This fight was very fast paced and there were several situations in which both men were rocked. The fight was selected as Fight of the Night, earning both fighters $65,000.

Wallace was scheduled to face Stanislav Nedkov on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117.[6] However, Nedkov was forced from the card with an injury and was replaced by Phil Davis.[7] Wallace lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Following the loss to Davis, Wallace was released from the promotion.[8]

Independent Promotions[edit]

After his release from the UFC, Wallace went on to face and defeat David Heath at MFC 27 via unanimous decision. He lost his second fight for the promotion against Emanuel Newton at MFC 28 via submission.

Wallace next faced Cale Yarbrough on April 15, 2011 at Scrap Live: Fight Night 7.

Rodney Wallace next fought Derrick Mehmen at WMMA 1: Fighting for a Better World on March 31, 2012. Wallace won this fight via unanimous decision.

Wallace next competed against Polish fighter Mamed Khalidov on May 12, 2012 at KSW XIX. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Rodney Wallace next fought former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho to a draw at Selva MMA on August 4, 2013 in Brazil.

Bellator MMA[edit]

Wallace made his debut for Bellator MMA on April 11, 2014 at Bellator 116. He faced Carlos Eduardo and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Wallace faced Kelly Anundson on June 6, 2014, at Bellator 121.[9] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

In August 2014, Wallace was released from Bellator, along with twelve other fighters.[10]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • SMASH Fight
    • SMASH Fight Light Heavyweight Championship (One time, current)
  • Warfare FC
    • WFC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time, current)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 22–9–1 Clay Davidson Decision (unanimous) HKFC - School of Hard Knocks 40 December 12, 2014 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 21–9–1 Kelly Anundson Decision (unanimous) Bellator 121 June 6, 2014 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Light Heavyweight Tournament quarterfinal
Win 21–8–1 Ariel Gandulla Decision (unanimous) HKFC - School of Hard Knocks 36 May 10, 2014 3 5:00 Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada
Win 20–8–1 Carlos Eduardo Decision (unanimous) Bellator 116 April 11, 2014 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Loss 19–8–1 Maxim Grishin Decision (split) Driven MMA: One March 1, 2014 3 5:00 Canton, Ohio, United States
Loss 19–7–1 Luiz Cane KO (flying knee) SFT 1 September 20, 2013 1 3:56 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Draw 19–6–1 Paulo Filho Draw (time limit) Selva MMA 2 August 4, 2013 5 5:00 Rio Branco, Brazil
Win 19–6 Matheus Wendell Santi Scheffel TKO (punches) SMASH Fight 2 July 13, 2013 2 2:56 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil Won SMASH Fight Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 18–6 Aaron Johnson KO (punches) Warfare FC 9: Apocalypse June 21, 2013 1 2:00 North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States Won Warfare FC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 17–6 Salomão Ribeiro Decision (unanimous) Jungle Fight 53 June 1, 2013 3 5:00 Japeri, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 16–6 Joaquim Ferreira TKO (punches) SMASH Fight 1 May 3, 2013 3 1:22 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 15–6 Guilherme Viana Decision (split) Iron Fight Combat 2 December 7, 2012 3 5:00 Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil
Loss 14–6 Michał Materla KO (punches) KSW 21: Final Resolution December 1, 2012 1 0:22 Warsaw, Poland
Win 14–5 Cristiano Lazzarini TKO (punches) Brasil Fight 6: Brasil x EUA September 21, 2012 2 4:28 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Win 13–5 Aaron Johnson KO (punch) RFN: Renaissance Fight Night July 28, 2012 4 4:00 Montgomery, Alabama, United States Wallace missed weight - Non Title Fight
Loss 12–5 Mamed Khalidov KO (punch) KSW 19 May 12, 2012 1 1:55 Łódź, Poland
Win 12–4 Derrick Mehmen Decision (unanimous) WMMA 1: Fighting for a Better World March 31, 2012 3 5:00 El Paso, Texas, United States
Win 11–4 Cale Yarbrough Decision (unanimous) Scrap Live: Fight Night 7 April 15, 2011 3 5:00 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Loss 10–4 Emanuel Newton Submission (rear naked choke) MFC 28 February 25, 2011 2 4:34 Enoch, Alberta, Canada
Win 10–3 David Heath Decision (unanimous) MFC 27 November 12, 2010 3 5:00 Enoch, Alberta, Canada
Loss 9–3 Phil Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 3 5:00 Oakland, California, United States
Loss 9–2 Jared Hamman Decision (unanimous) UFC 111 March 27, 2010 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States Fight of the Night
Loss 9–1 Brian Stann Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale December 5, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Gregory Milliard Decision (unanimous) VFC: A Night Of Vengeance September 5, 2009 3 5:00 Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 8–0 Aaron Stark Submission (kimura) VFC: A Night Of Vengeance September 5, 2009 2 2:18 Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 7–0 Antwain Britt Submission (armbar) VFC: A Night Of Vengeance September 5, 2009 1 3:59 Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 6–0 Marcus Vanttinen Decision (unanimous) M-1 Challenge 16 June 5, 2009 2 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 5–0 Michael Brown Decision (unanimous) RFC: Revolution Fight Club 3 February 20, 2009 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 4–0 Carlos Zevallos TKO (punches) RFC: Revolution Fight Club 2 December 19, 2008 1 0:08 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Ovince St. Preux Decision (unanimous) VFC 1: Vengeance Fighting Championship 1 September 27, 2008 3 5:00 Concord, North Carolina, United States
Win 2–0 Toni Valtonen Decision (unanimous) M-1 Challenge 3 - Gran Canaria May 31, 2008 2 5:00 San Agustin, Grand Canaria, Spain
Win 1–0 Wesley Cantillo Decision (unanimous) RFC 1: Revolution Fight Club 1 April 18, 2008 3 5:00 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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