Grove in the UFC has faced a bunch of strikers. Here, he'll be tested by a expert grappler and we'll see how that style matchup works for him. Grove was in a great ground war with Ed Herman in the final of the Ultimate Fighter season 3.
Tito Ortiz is shown on camera and the live crowd boos vociferously.
Round 1. Almeida immediately closes the distance and clinches. Grove tries to land some punches while Almeida seeks the takedown. Grove avoids it. Grove lands a knee and Almeida again looks to take the fight to the ground. He isn't coming anywhere close. Almeida is persistent and with less than two minutes remaining in the round he finally secures the takedown. Almeida is throwing punches and elbows from within the guard. He then moves into half guard and tries for side control. Grove gets up at that point and Almeida lands some knees as Grove gets back up. Almeida then gets a big slam to send Grove back down with 20 seconds left in the round. 10-9 Almeida.
Georges St. Pierre is shown on the screen and gets probably the biggest reaction of the night.
Round 2. Almeida immediately moves for the takedown. Grove offers a lot less resistance and goes down 25 seconds in. Grove looks for an armbar and appears to have it cranked really good but Almeida somehow escapes. That was one incredible escape. Almeida works some ground and pound in Grove's guard. He tries to get better position from time to time but mostly has difficulty. Grove gets back up. They clinch, and Almeida again looks to take Grove down. Grove lands a nice knee as Almeida is attempting the shot but Almeida takes him down one more time as the round closes. 10-9 Almeida.
Round 3. Grove looks to throw a kick but Almeida catches it and takes him down. Grove gets back up. Grove actually gets Almeida down but stands back up. Clearly he feels he needs to finish the fight. Almeida goes for the takedown again. Grove blocks once but Almeida gets it on the second attempt. Almeida isn't being particularly active by this point and is riding out the clock. Grove is up with seconds remaining but Almeida goes for another takedown. 10-9 Almeida.
Winner: Ricardo Almeida, Unanimous 30-27 Decision
This card so far reminds me of UFC 94. That's a very bad comparison.
Ricardo Almeida vs. Kendall Grove
Posted on: August 8, 2009 10:34 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2009 10:57 pm
Category: Mixed Martial Arts