UFC middleweight veteran Kendall Grove welcomes Tim Boetsch to the 185-pound division when they hook 'em up at UFC 130: "Rampage vs. Hamill" this Saturday night (May 28, 2011) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Grove (12-8) is looking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to Demian Maia at last December's Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 Finale on Spike TV, but that hasn't prevented "Da Spyder" from crawling in as the -160 favorite.
Still, the lanky Hawaiian is 2-3 over his last five fights and has struggled to recapture some of the momentum he had coming from his impressive performance as TUF 3 champion.
Boetsch (12-4) is also coming off a loss after being submitted by Phil Davis at UFC 123: "Rampage vs. Machida" last November. While tapping to the "Philmura" marked his first defeat since stringing together a four-fight winning streak, "The Barbarian" has apparently decided his talents would be better served by shedding a few pounds.
He's unproven in his new weight class and playing the role of +140 underdog as a result.
Are the oddsmakers calling it like they see it? Or playing it safe? Take a look at how these two middleweights stack up and decide for yourself.
185 lbs.: Kendall "Da Spyder" Grove vs. Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch
Backgrounds (last five fights):
Notable wins: Submitted Jake Rosholt at UFC 106, squeaked past Goran Reljic at UFC 116
Notable losses: Crushed by Mark Munoz at UFC 112, outworked by Demian Maia at TUF 12 Finale
Strengths: Terrific grappler, underrated striking, long reach
Weaknesses: Questionable heart, unmotivated, often plays to opponent's strengths
Notable wins: Beat the brakes off four people you've never heard of
Notable losses: Run over by the Phil Davis Express at UFC 123
Strengths: Strong like bull, power puncher, aggressive
Weaknesses: Unproven at 185, susceptible to submissions
Kendall Grove (-160) vs. Tim Boetsch (+140) at UFC 130. Who ya' got and why?
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