MENU
#Bellator 179 #UFC 211 #Conor McGregor #Rory MacDonald #Paul Daley #Nate Diaz #Hayder Hassan #Dhiego Lima #Joanna Jedrzejczyk #Diaz vs. McGregor 2 #Jon Jones #Demian Maia #Stipe Miocic #Jessica Andrade #Junior dos Santos



Veteran heavyweight Neil Grove may have lost his last three fights, but the 41-year-old is nonetheless staying positive ahead of his UCMMA 31 interim title bout against Tomasz Czerwinski.

Grove, who was last seen suffering an April knockout to athletic prospect Todd Duffee, says he has regrouped from the challenging stretch and has worked diligently to improve his defense.

“I believe, if I felt I got truly beaten, I would’ve retired,” Grove tells Sherdog.com. “One of my fights I left up to the judges -- my mistake. And twice after, I dropped my guard -- rookie mistakes I have worked really hard [to correct] in the last six to seven months.”

UCMMA 31, which takes place Dec. 1 at the Troxy in London, was initially supposed to be topped by a championship collision between former champ Grove and reigning belt-holder Darren Towler. However, Towler was forced to withdraw from the booking due to injury, forcing promoter Dave O’Donnell to book Czerwinski as a replacement and change the bout to an interim title tilt.

“Of course I was disappointed [about Towler’s injury], but it’s the way the cookie crumbles,” Grove says. “Thanks to Dave O’Donnell, [we have] a replacement in big Tomasz. He’s huge. I will have to make sure to be faster on my feet to avoid the bombs he is going to throw my way.”

A former super heavyweight, Czerwinski last competed on July 1, when he knocked out previously unbeaten Kevin Camp in just 85 seconds to win the Cage Fighters Championship interim heavyweight title. Grove believes that Czerwinski, a fighter known mostly for his power, will be gunning for a quick knockout come Saturday night. Even so, the 41-year-old says he has taken nothing for granted ahead of his confrontation with the massive Pole.

“It might be a ‘W’ for me or the scalp of his career for him, so expect it to be technical and fast paced,” says Grove. “[There will be] loads of strategy in this one. I'm more experienced and will have the crowd behind me, and my guard has changed. I want to see if I can handle his punch.”

Though Grove is currently focused on navigating the challenge presented by Czerwinski, the veteran has also set goals for himself beyond winning the interim title bout.

“[I want] to win my next nine fights, train hard, eat healthy and stay uninjured,” Grove says. “I would love to fight in America again, and at least once in Toronto, too. They love MMA over there.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator Inks UFC Vet Valerie Letourneau | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 8 views

Valerie Letourneau has become the latest UFC veteran to ink a deal with Bellator MMA. read news >>

Coach Duane Ludwig says there were a couple run-ins on 'TUF 25' that shouldn't have happened

  • 27 days ago
  • 51 views

Veteran coach Duane Ludwig knew what he signed up for when he agreed to work alongside T.J. Dillashaw as an assistant coach on “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption.”Filed under: Featured Videos, News read news >>

Sid Bice Plans to Outclass Cody Land at LFA Fight Night 1 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 9 views

Sid Bice (6-1) takes on veteran Cody Land (14-8) in a 125-pound co-main event at LFA: Sioux Falls Fight Night 1 in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Friday. read news >>

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with veteran ref 'Big' John McCarthy

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest “Big” John McCarthy.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Cheick Kongo vs. Augusto Sakai added to Bellator 179, 9-bout prelim card set

  • 24 days ago
  • 9 views

A bout between heavyweight veteran Cheick Kongo and Augusto Sakai will complete Bellator 179’s main card, the promotion announced today.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

'Big' John McCarthy says weight-cutting more dangerous than PEDs in MMA

  • 24 days ago
  • 9 views

Veteran MMA referee John McCarthy doesn’t believe fighters should be able to dope. But when it comes to the sport’s health risks, he sees weight-cutting as an even bigger issue.Filed under: Featured, read news >>

Jordon Larson on Dakota Cochrane: 'Records Don't Paint the Whole Picture' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago
  • 6 views

Jordon Larson (7-3) will look to rebound against veteran Dakota Cochrane (27-11) in a main card 170-pound at Friday's LFA: Sioux Falls Fight Night 1. read news >>

Matt Hamill Wins First Fight in 5 Years in Devastating Fashion (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 81 views

UFC veteran Matt Hamill won his first fight in nearly five years this weekend, and he did so in devastating fashion. read news >>

Heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou relocates to Las Vegas

  • 20 days ago
  • 12 views

Fast-rising heavyweight star Francis Ngannou has moved to the U.S. in hopes of furthering his career.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Longtime UFC veteran Nik Lentz announces departure from American Top Team, figuring out future plans

  • 18 days ago
  • 5 views

Nik Lentz today announced he’s no longer a part of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., ending a five-year relationship with the famed MMA training center.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>