UFC newcomer Neil Grove will make his promotional debut against Justin McCully at UFC 95 on February 21st in London, England, Fighters Only is reporting.
Grove (7-1) is a Cage Rage veteran who emerged as a heavyweight contender in the promotion before it closed down in late-2008. His lone loss was a majority decision defeat to Rob Broughton early last year, while all seven of his victories have come via knockout, including a 10-second stoppage of heavily-favored James Thompson in 2007. He had been expected to meet Mostapha Al-Turk in his debut bout as they were scheduled to fight for the heavyweight title in Cage Rage before the promotion ceased promoting events. However, Al-Turk took heavy damage in his December loss to Cheick Kongo and is unable to make the quick turnaround.
A member of Tito Ortiz’s Team Punishment, McCully (8-4-2) has won five of his last six fights, including two of three in the UFC. After winning a unanimous decision over striker Antoni Hardonk in his UFC debut, McCully suffered a first-round submission defeat to heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 86 last July. He rebounded in December with a unanimous decision victory over Eddie Sanchez on the preliminary card at UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fight for the Troops.
UFC 95 is headlined by Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Stevenson and also features Dan Hardy vs. Rory Markham, Wilson Gouveia vs. Nate Marquardt, Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen, Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago.