by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
NCAA champion wrestler turned mixed martial artist Phil Davis will step back in the Octagon sooner than expected as he has accepted to step in on short notice to face Rodney Wallace at UFC 117 in Oakland, just over two weeks away.
The change in the fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the situation on Thursday.
Wallace’s original opponent Stanislav Nedkov was forced off the card with an injury, but it’s unknown at this time what injury he suffered, or how severe the injury was.
Phil Davis enters the fight currently undefeated in his MMA career with a record of 6-0, and has started training part time alongside the team at American Kickboxing Academy.
The former wrestler from Penn State University has been impressive in his short time in the Octagon, winning his two bouts so far, last defeating Alexander Gustafsson by submission in Abu Dhabi in April.
The bout between Davis and Wallace will occupy part of the untelevised portion of the pay-per-view broadcast.