UFC veterans Kendall Grove and Jay Silva will square off in a middleweight bout on Oct. 14 at theScore Fighting Series at the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ont., MMADieHards.com has learned.
Score Media previously said the fight between Joe Doerksen and Brett Cooper would be the main event for the card, which will be shown live on theScore.com and air on theScore Television Network via tape delay. Fights also scheduled are Lyndon Whitlock against Tristan Johnson, and Eric Moon against Rory McDonell.
After a five-year, 13-fight run in the UFC Grove (13-9, 1 NC) jumped at the chance to fight in his home state at the ProElite card in Honolulu on Aug. 27 and finished Joe Riggs in 59 seconds with a guillotine. Grove had lost two straight and four of his previous seven fights.
Grove beat Ed Herman to win the third season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show in June 2006. He won his first three UFC fights, but went 5-6 thereafter in the promotion.
Silva earned a UFC call-up by starting his career 5-1, with a loss only to good friend Plinio Cruz. After going the distance in losses to C.B. Dollaway and Chris Leben, Silva was released from the organization. He jumped at the chance to fight Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard on very short notice at Bellator 18 in May 2010, taking the fight at a catch weight of 190 pounds, and was knocked out in six seconds for his third straight loss.
Silva (7-4) has since rebounded nicely. He knocked out Jaime Jara in 33 seconds at Tachi Palace Fights 7 in December, then took another fight with Bellator at event No. 44 in May and scored a dominant unanimous decision win over Gemiyale Adkins.