British heavyweight Neil Grove is the latest fighter to be added to the UFC’s heavyweight division, according to a report by the UK-based MMA publication Fighters Only.
The report goes on to state that Grove has signed a four-fight contract with the promotion and that it’s possible his debut could come at UFC 95 on February 21 in London, England.
Grove is 6-1 and comes from a background in Karate. The 6’6” behemoth might be best known for his 10 second knockout victory over James Thompson during his Cage Rage debut in July of 2007. The win was considered to be an upset at the time, as Grove was signed to the card as a last-minute replacement and he had fought just two times prior.
Following the Thompson victory, Grove would go on to win his next two bouts via first round stoppages, improving to 5-0. However, he suffered the first blemish on his record following a decision loss to Rob Broughton at Cage Rage 25. Grove would rebound at Cage Rage 27 this past July, where he recorded his second career TKO victory over Robert “Buzz” Berry.
Grove joins a list of new additions to the UFC heavyweight division over the course of the last year that also includes current heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, former NCAA Division II football and wrestling standout Shane Carwin, former NCAA All-American Cain Velasquez, former K-1 fighter Patrick Barry, and Brazilian Junior dos Santos.