Unbeaten middleweight Derek Brunson has been itching to fight for months after watching a February match-up with Ronaldo Souza fall apart due to an issue with licensing. Fortunately, the opportunity to find some relief has finally materialized, though not necessarily in an ideal manner as he might have hoped.
According to an official press release from the organization, Brunson has agreed to face Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove on Saturday night in co-headlining action at ShoFight 20. Grove was originally scheduled to take on Terry Martin but the heavy-handed Chicago native was forced out of the bout due to injury.
The 28-year old Brunson is 9-0 thus far in his career including seven stoppages and a trio of wins under the Strikeforce banner. Comparably, Grove holds an overall record of 14-10 and is coming off a submission stumble against Jay Silva after stringing together consecutive victories against Joe Riggs and Ikuahisa Minowa.
Other fighters set for the June 16 card include Drew Fickett, Charles Bennett, Lyle Beerbohm, Marcus Aurelio, and Karo Parisyan. The event will be broadcast live in Canada on The Fight Network and air elsewhere via PPV.
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