The live finale of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 continues to take shape with another interesting match-up as former Spike TV reality show contestant (and Season 3 winner) Kendall Grove will jump into deep water with grappling wizard Demian Maia at "The Pearl" from the Palms Casino Resort on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas.
"Da Spyder" tweeted his pending match-up earlier today.
After posting three straight wins to start his UFC career, Grove (12-7) fell victim to inconsistency over the past couple of years, going 4-4 over the span of eight fights.
The Hawaiian was planished by Mark Munoz at UFC 112: "Invincible" earlier this year, but was able to rebound with a much-needed win over Goran Reljic, a split decision at UFC 116: "Lesnar vs. Carwin" back on July 3.
Grove has never been short on talent, but by his own admission has battled with issues both inside and outside the cage. He'll need to be at 100-percent to overcome the crafty Maia, despite having a tremendous size and reach advantage.
Like Grove, the Brazilian was electric right out of the gate, stringing together consecutive victories following his Octagon debut -- until Nate Marquardt turned him inside out at UFC 102: "Couture vs Nogueira" back in 2009.
Maia would sandwich decision wins over Dan Miller and Mario Miranda around his memorable loss to Anderson Silva in Abu Dhabi last April.
Finishing Grove may be the catalyst to getting him back into title contention.
TUF 12 Finale will feature the top two finalists from this season going head-to-head for a "six-figure" contract and the right to be called "Ultimate Fighter." Stephan Bonnar and Igor Pokrajac are also expected to hook 'em up on the televised portion of the Dec. 4 fight card.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on The Ultimate Fighter 12 as it becomes available.