ProElite has announced the main event of their next offering and it’s one that I’m sure many fight fans would have never dreamed about. Kendall Grove, who headlined the first ProElite event in August, will step back into the cage against long time veteran Ikuhisa Minowa, better known by some as “Minowaman.” The event is scheduled for January 21 at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii with HDNet likely airing the night’s main card.
News of the bout was first reported by MMAFighting.
Winner of The Ultimate Fighter 3, Grove was released by the UFC earlier this year following a loss to Tim Boetsch. “Da Spyder” compiled a 7-6 record inside the octagon, showing a lack of consistency when the cage door closed. Grove bounced back from his UFC pink-slip though to quickly submit Joe Riggs at ProElite 1 in a rematch of Grove’s first professional loss in 2004. Grove has victories over the likes of Alan Belcher, Jake Rosholt, and Ed Herman.
One of the most popular fighters in Japan, Minowa will be heading to the US for the first time in his career when he challenges Grove. Competing in nearly 100 professional fights during his 15 year career, Minowa has fought everyone from Mirko Filipovic to Bob Sapp and Don Frye to Giant Silva. He’s best known for taking fights against larger opponents and in 2009 he captured the Super Hulk title in DREAM.
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