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Kendall Grove teed up for fight with John Salter at Bellator 181 in Oklahoma



Bellator’s return to Oklahoma this summer has a veteran Hawaiian headed to the lineup.

Kendall Grove (23-16 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) has been booked for a middleweight bout against John Salter (13-3 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) at Bellator 181. A Bellator official confirmed the booking to the Honolulu Star Advertiser in Grove’s home state of Hawaii.

Bellator 181 takes place July 14 at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Grove will be looking to get back on track after a second-round TKO loss to former champion Alexander Shlemenko this past October at Bellator 162. That setback snapped a two-fight streak for the UFC veteran and Season 3 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter,” who signed with Bellator in 2013.

Grove alternated wins and losses in his first four Bellator fights with a decision over Joe Vedepo and submission of Christian M’Pumbu, but TKO losses to Brett Cooper and Brandon Halsey. But he bounced back with knockouts of Joey Beltran and Francisco France at Bellator 143 and Bellator 150, respectively, before the setback against Shlemenko.

John Salter and Dustin Jacoby

Salter, who went 1-2 in the UFC and 1-0 in Strikeforce during a one-year stretch between 2010-2011, has won five straight and eight of his past nine. He has stoppage wins in all three of his Bellator bouts.

The 2007 NAIA national wrestling champ at 174 pounds submitted Dustin Jacoby at Bellator 132 in January 2015. Then, after a lengthy sit on the sidelines, he returned and submitted Halsey at Bellator 156. Most recently, he knocked out Claudio Annicchiarico at Bellator 168 in Italy this past December.

With the addition, the latest Bellator 181 card now includes:

  • Patricky Freire vs. Derek Campos
  • Valerie Letourneau vs. Emily Ducote
  • Steve Garcia vs. Joe Warren
  • Andre Fialho vs. A.J. Matthews
  • Kendall Grove vs. John Salter

And for more on Bellator 181, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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