Mamed Khalidov submitted UFC veteran Kendall Grove. | Photo:
In hindsight, discretion may have been the better part of valor for
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner Kendall
Grove. He traveled a long, long way to lose.
A late injury replacement for Dutch knockout artist Melvin
Manhoef, Grove submitted to a second round Achilles lock from
Khalidov in the KSW
21 “Final Resolution” headliner on Saturday at the Torwar Arena
in Warsaw, Poland.
Suffered nearly 7,500 miles from his Hawaiian home, the defeat
snapped Grove’s modest three-fight winning streak. He is 5-2 since
being discarded by the
Ultimate Fighting Championship following consecutive losses to
2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships
gold medalist Demian Maia
and the world-ranked Tim
Khalidov (26-4-2) had issues with Grove’s height and reach, often
settling for leg kicks in rather pedestrian exchanges on the feet.
In the second round, the 32-year-old Chechen moved to top position
on Grove, fought through an armbar and isolated a foot for the
In the co-main event, Michal
Materla retained his middleweight crown with a quick and brutal
first-round knockout against UFC exile Rodney
Wallace. Materla (18-3) has won six fights in a row.
Materla put away Wallace brutally.
Saidov won for the eighth time in nine appearances and became
the first welterweight titleholder in
KSW history when a second-round leg injury resulted in a
technical knockout against Borys
Mankowski. Saidov (13-3) now owns a 9-1 mark in KSW.
World Extreme Cagefighting and UFC veteran Maciej
Jewtuszko avenged one of his two career defeats, as he
Sowinski with a second-round brabo choke to capture the vacant
KSW lightweight crown. Jewtuszko (10-2) coaxed the tapout 4:01 into
International Fight League middleweight champion Matt Horwich
put away fellow UFC castaway Terry Martin
with punches from the mount in the second round.
Horwich (28-21-1) ran a clinic on Martin in the grappling
department, neutralizing the Chicagoan’s notoriously heavy hands.
The 34-year-old stepped up his attack late in round two, as he
moved to mount and forged the finish with unanswered strikes from
above. Martin, 32, has lost two of his last three fights.
In other action, the unbeaten Karolina
Kowalkiewicz earned a unanimous verdict over Paulina
Bonkowska in the lone women’s matchup, while once-beaten
middleweight Piotr Strus
rebounded from his first professional setback -- a submission
defeat to Wendres
Silva in April -- to score a second-round technical knockout