The spider is a fascinating creature for many reasons, one being an ability to maneuver gracefully through a web latching on to any others who are unfortunate enough to encounter it. It appears Kendall Grove will now have a chance to prove the same is true when it comes to “Da Spyder” avoiding the trappings of a sticky situation, as he will attempt to avoid potentially becoming the latest Ultimate Fighter champion chopped from the roster when he tangles with Tim Boetsch over Memorial Day Weekend at UFC 130 in Las Vegas.
Their addition to the card was confirmed by the UFC along with seven other fights set for May 28 including a headlining clash between lightweight title-holder Frank Edgar and Gray Maynard.
Grove is coming off an outpointing to Demian Maia after starting out his post-TUF career off with three straight wins, then going 4-4 over his last eight fights. Also notable is the fact two of those victories came as the result of a Split Decision. The lanky middleweight holds an overall record of 12-8 with past success in the ring against Evan Tanner, Jake Rosholt, Ed Herman, and Alan Belcher.
The bout is also an important one for Boetsch who fell by way of submission to Phil Davis at UFC 123 in November and will making his debut at 185 pounds against Grove. The loss was the first for “The Barbarian” in more than eighteen months, a decision defeat to Jason Brilz at UFC 96 resulting in his release from the promotion before going on to rack up a trio of wins outside of the Octagon and ultimately finding success against Todd Brown in his return to the famous eight-sided cage last August.
In addition to Grove vs. Boetsch, UFC 130 feature Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in action against Matt Hamill, Roy Nelson and Frank Mir settling their score, Brian Stann welcoming Jorge Santiago back to the UFC, and an important welterweight war where contendership is concerned between Rick Story and Thiago Alves.
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