MMA Junkie reports that Justin McCully will face newly-signed British heavyweight Neil Grove at UFC 95 in London in February. Grove's participation in the card had long been discussed, but an opponent had not yet been known until now:
A source close to McCully told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the both fighters have verbally agreed to the fight and that bout agreements are in the process of being finalized.
The bout will likely take place on the un-aired preliminary-card portion of the pay-per-view event.
Grove (7-1, 0-0 UFC), a karate stylist and a behemoth at close to 280 lbs, previously fought in the now defunct UK-based Cage Rage promotion, and in his 8 fight career, has only suffered one loss (via majority decision). His 7 wins have all come via first or second-round TKO/KO.
McCully (9-4-2, 2-1 UFC) is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt formerly associated with Tito Ortiz and Team Punishment. His 2 UFC wins have both come via decision (Antoni Hardonk at UFN 9, and Eddie Sanchez at UFC Fights for the Troops) and his sole loss in the Octagon was a first-round submission to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 86.
This looks to be a classic striker-versus-grappler bout, and if McCully can exploit the the presumed inexperience of Grove on the ground and get him down, he might be able to spoil the big Brit's UFC debut. McCully has not shown much of a striking game in the past though, so if Grove has been working on his takedown defense, he might find a way to earn yet another stoppage win in front of his hometown crowd.