Brunson has agreed to face Kendall
Grove on short notice in the ShoFight
20 co-main event on Saturday, according to a release issued by
Brunson, who is unbeaten in nine professional fights, confirmed the
pairing on his Twitter account on Wednesday. The 28-year-old
Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative replaces UFC veteran
Martin, who was forced to withdraw from the 185-pound title
bout due to licensing issues.
Brunson owns victories over Jeremy
Sayers and Nate James
during his Strikeforce tenure. The North Carolina native was set to
Souza at Strikeforce
“Tate vs. Rousey” on March 3, but a failed pre-fight eye exam
forced him out of that bout.
A 13-time UFC veteran, Grove last competed in the Octagon at
130, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Tim Boetsch.
Since then, “Da Spyder” has won two of his last three fights,
Riggs and Ikuhisa
Minowa before falling to Jay Silva in
his last outing.
ShoFight 20 takes place at the O’Reilly Family Event Center in
Springfield, Mo., and features a welterweight title showdown
Parisyan and John
Gunderson. The 14-bout card also includes the likes of Lyle
Aurelio, Drew Fickett
Bennett, among others. The event will be broadcast via delay on
pay-per-view and live on The Fight Network in Canada.