A heavyweight confrontation between UFC veteran Neil Grove
(pictured) and Bellator debutant Zak Jensen
slated to go down at
Sherdog.com confirmed the bout with a source close to the contest
following an initial report from TopMMANews.com. Going down July 23
and featuring Bellator's Summer Series featherweight tournament
semifinals, the event marks the promotion's first event held on
Canadian soil. Emanating from Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, the
show's main draw will air live on MTV2.
Grove made his Bellator debut last August, fighting his way to the
finals of the promotion's third-season heavyweight tournament.
Grove blasted Eddie
Sanchez in the quarterfinals in just 92 seconds and finished
fellow semifinalist Alexey
Oleinik even quicker, knocking out the Ukrainian in just 45
seconds to earn a spot in the tournament finals. However, the South
African was dominated in the championship round by reigning
titleholder Cole Konrad,
as the wrestler finished Grove with a first-round keylock at
Bellator 32 in October.
A three-year pro, Jensen most recently snapped a three-fight skid
by earning a 16-second knockout over Jason
Ackerman in November. The Gorilla Combat representative fought
six times in 2010, most notably falling to UFC vet Tim Hague in
Jensen has also tangled with the likes of Brad Imes and
Whitehead, submitting to both men in 2007 and 2008,
respectively. All 10 of Jensen's career victories have come by
stoppage, and the heavyweight has only seen the second round once
as a professional.
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