UFC 130 Fight Card Primer: Kendall Grove vs. Tim Boetsch

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Veteran UFC fighter and Ultimate Fighter winner Kendall Grove (12-8, 7-5 UFC) will introduce Tim Boetsch (12-4, 3-3 UFC) to the 185 lb. division in a middleweight matchup at UFC 130. This bout will be the first fight of the televised portion of the card, which can be viewed on Spike TV starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Grove: 28 years old | 6'6" | 79" reach
Boetsch: 30 years old | 5'11" | 74" reach

What have these two done lately?

Grove: L - Demian Maia (UD) | W - Goran Reljic (SD) | L - Mark Munoz (TKO)
Boetsch: L - Phil Davis (SUB) | W - Todd Brown (UD) | W - Reese Shaner (KO)

How did these two get here?

Kendall Grove was introduced to MMA fans on The Ultimate Fighter 3, where he walked through a field that was decimated by injuries and won the whole thing. He picked up three wins in a row upon entry to the UFC, including a submission of Alan Belcher, which had people believing he was a future contender at middleweight. Expectations were tempered by two straight knockout losses, however. His path has been uneven since then though, going 4-3 against strong competition. He also angered Spike TV execs with disparaging remarks about the network prior to his fight with Goran Reljic, which was promptly removed from the broadcast. He's back on Spike now, but is likely fighting for his job in the UFC tonight.

Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch is on his second stint in the UFC, and a blowout loss to Phil Davis in his last fight has convinced him that he needs to make the drop to middleweight. He opened his career with six straight wins before dropping a decision to Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko in the IFL. Oddly, he was brought into the UFC straight off of a loss on 10 days notice, and impressed everyone by dumping David Heath right on his head like a ragdoll and taking a TKO victory in the process. Unfortunately, Boetsch lost two out of his next three (including a TKO loss to UFC 130 main eventer Matt Hamill), and was released from the organization. After three straight wins in the minors, he was brought back at UFC 117 and won a decision before the aforementioned submission loss to Davis which forced the drop to 185 lbs.

Why should you care?

Watching Kendall Grove fight for his job is usually amusing, and as much as it pains me to say this, he's usually a pretty entertaining fighter. Plus, you'll get to see what Tim Boetsch looks like at 185. And it's free!

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