Fresh off the heels of his impressive first round TKO victory of Jason Day at UFC 96 earlier this month, middleweight Kendall Grove appears likely to be scheduled for UFC 101 in August.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the likelihood of Grove’s involvement from a source close to the event on Monday, although Grove has not yet officially signed to compete.
An opponent has also not been determined. Rumors have circulated in recent days that Grove could face Wilson Gouveia. However, when contacted by Five Ounces of Pain, a source close to Gouveia indicated that the UFC has not approached them about a fight vs. Grove.
Grove was 1-2 coming into his fight vs. Day and had also not competed in eight months so that he could spend time with his newborn daughter. Put on notice by UFC President Dana White before the fight, the season three middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter forced the referee to call a stoppage to his bout against Day at 1:32 into the fight due to strikes.
During his post-fight interview with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, Grove acknowledged that he felt his job was on the line. With the win over Day, Grove has now won two consecutive fights, including his split decision victory against the late Evan Tanner this past June during the live finale for the season season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Prior to his last two victories, Grove had sustained back-to-back first round TKOs, first to Patrick Cote at UFC 74 and then to Jorge Rivera at UFC 80.