Season three middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Kendall Grove (9-5), will return to action after a nine-month layoff to challenge Jason Day (17-7) at UFC 96, which is scheduled for the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7, according to a recent 411Mania.com report.
"Da Spyda" has been out on the sidelines since winning his "Loser Leaves Town Match" against former 185-pound champion Evan Tanner at TUF 7 Finale via unanimous decision back in June 2008. It was a critical win -- the Hawaiian was jeopardy of losing his third straight match.
Grove was stopped in back-to-back fights by Jorge Rivera and Patrick Cote, respectively, before getting back in the win column. He was on a three-fight win streak inside the Octagon before the two losses. The 6'6" fighter will now look to put consecutive victories together once again to start the New Year.
Day was victorious in his debut for the promotion against Alan Belcher at UFC 83: "Serra vs. St. Pierre 2″ in April, upending Alan Belcher via first round technical knockout. The Canadian product was then stopped himself in the same fashion less than two months later when he locked horns with Michael Bisping at UFC 85: "Bedlam."
He was supposed to return against Jason Lambert at UFC 88: "Breakthrough" at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., on September 6, but was forced off the card with an injury. Therefore, this will be the third fight for the construction worker in the UFC ... and a very difficult one at that.
Grove poses serious challenges to anyone in the division because of his size and length. But others have proved that if they can get inside he can be finished.
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