Three titles will be up for grabs at
The Dec. 1 event will be headlined by a heavyweight championship
showdown between reigning titleholder Darren
Towler and well-traveled challenger Neil Grove.
The show takes place at The Troxy in London and will also see
Clarkson and Ben Callum
collide over the vacant middleweight title, while Jody
Collins and Cory Tait do
battle for the vacant bantamweight strap.
Also of note, UFC veteran Paul Kelly
will square off with onetime Cage Rage talent Richard
Griffin at welterweight.
Towler, 31, captured the UCMMA heavyweight title last year by
halting Ben Smith via
doctor stoppage at UCMMA 23. Known as “Powerhouse,” Towler has won
five straight fights, most recently earning a 48-second technical
knockout of Dayman Lake
on Oct. 6 to defend his crown at UCMMA 30.
A former UCMMA champion, Grove, 41, has lost four of his last five
bouts. “Goliath” advanced to the finals of Bellator’s third-season
heavyweight tournament two years ago but was quickly submitted in
the finals by Cole Konrad.
Following back-to-back losses to Mike Hayes
Santos, Grove was bounced from Bellator and joined up with
India’s Super Fight League, falling by technical knockout to
Duffee in his April 7 promotional debut.
Clarkson makes his UCMMA foray on Dec. 1 on the heels of two
consecutive victories. The middleweight closed out last year with a
November victory over Kevin
Webster but did not fight again until this past September, when
he finished Earl Brown at
Fury MMA 6.
Beaten just once as a pro, Callum rebounded from a February
decision defeat by earning a pair of lightning quick finishes in
May and August, knocking out Charlie
Langley and Tautvydas
Lileikis in less than one minute combined.
Collins has yet to taste defeat, racking up six pro wins to his
credit since turning pro in May 2010. The Brit made his UCMMA debut
on Aug. 18, submitting Steve
Brazier with an arm-triangle choke in just 63 seconds.
Tait has fought the majority of his two-year pro career under the
Ultimate Challenge MMA banner, most recently finishing Huseyin
Garabet with a second-round rear-naked choke on May 26 at UCMMA