Grove will replace an injured Melvin
Manhoef against Mamed
Khalidov in the main event of KSW
KSW co-founder Martin Lewandowski notified Sherdog.com of the
booking on Friday morning. Manhoef was pulled from the bout two
days ago due to a left leg injury. KSW 21 takes place Dec. 1 at
Torwar Arena in Warsaw, Poland, and features a trio of championship
bouts in addition to the evening’s middleweight headliner.
Grove, 29, made his name by winning “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3
back in 2006. “Da Spyder” competed for nearly five years in the
Octagon, racking up a promotional record of 7-6 before receiving
his release on the heels of back-to-back losses. Following a 2-0
stint in the ProElite cage, Grove has gone 3-1 in his last four
bouts, most recently earning a technical knockout over former
WEC light heavyweight title challenger Ariel
Gandulla on Nov. 3.
KSW’s first light heavyweight champion, Khalidov, 32, rides a
five-fight winning streak heading into clash with Grove, besting a
UFC veterans, including Yuki Sasaki,
Lindland and Jesse
Taylor. The middleweight was last seen picking up a win on May
12, knocking out Rodney
Wallace in 1:55 at KSW 19.