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Report: Neil Grove the latest addition to the UFC’s heavyweight division

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.

  • benjamink says:


  • Brandon says:

    Yikes they must be desperate for big bodies to beat around… the guy will get murdered by most of the HW’s.

  • Davey D says:

    I’ve seen pictures of this guy in FO and he looks like a freakin’ monster. I’ve only seen the result’s of his matches so I haven’t seen how he moves around the cage but he is a big dude. I’m interested to see how he does in the Octagon. Would they pit him against Gonzaga or Luiz Cane yet?

  • Mark1 says:

    Unless Grove makes some drastic improvements especially in cardio he is going to get beaten stupid. At the moment he is like a taller version of Tank.

  • Leland Roling says:

    Neil Grove? Are you kidding me? I’ve seen nearly all of this guy’s Cage Rage bouts. For lack of a better phrase, Grove is terrible. Absolutely atrocious boxing. Think Jason Lambert meets Doug “the Rhino” Marshall striking. He has no ground game whatsoever, and the TKO vs. “Buzz” Berry was far from Grove beating the piss out of Berry.

    Berry actually gave up due to some horrendous head cold he had coming into the fight. He couldn’t breathe at all and ended up gassing hard by the end of the first round and just said screw it and stopped the fight.

    Interestingly enough, Berry dropped Grove like a sack of potatoes during the bout and it was about a second away from being stopped. Grove was saved by the end of the round before Berry could obliterate him.

    Obviously, the UFC’s scouting abilities are faulty. Grove is going to be crushed. Sanchez, Hardonk, even McCully could probably have their way with this guy.

  • dpk says:

    He wouldn’t be in the UFC if he didn’t appeal to a certain market. But I’m not against Fresh blood for the HW division.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    yep, big fucker but his cardio is lacking
    props to him for getting in, but i cant see him fighting more than once or twice

  • Robert says:

    When I first saw this I thought it was a mistake. The UFC can stop the bullshit that they only have the best fighters in the world. They sign guys like this all the time who are cheap and appeal to a certain market. Then let guys like Sokoudjou,Tito Ortiz, Babalu, go elsewhere and nearly Jon Fitch because they didn’t fall in line the way they wanted or made more money than they like to pay. Unless you’re a Dana White favorite like Chuck Liddell, Matt Huhges and now Brock Lesnar then you’re taking care of.

  • Brandon says:

    I think the only legitimate match up would be him against Sol Paleilei or whatever that guys name was who lost to Eddie Sanchez…

  • BigDave says:

    so know we know who Randy Couture will be fighting next. I guess they needed to bring in a tomato can so that Randy can end his career with a win over a “big guy with a good record” this is a sad sight to see.

  • SabotageMMA says:

    I’ve never personally seen Grove fight, but I am glad to hear that the UFC is trying to strengthen an already depleted Heavyweight division.

    Couture, Lesnar, Big Nog, “Mur”, Gonzaga, Carwin, and others need some competition or at least another person to fight!

  • dave says:

    Oh My God….. Grove’s Cardio will go in the Entrance to the ring……….


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