Derek Brunson Steps in to Face Kendall Grove at ShoFights This Weekend

June 13, 2012
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A change has been made to this weekend’s ShoFights card in Missouri and now there is a new co-main event.

Terry Martin has been forced out of the fight with former Ultimate Fighter winner Kendall Grove, and will be replaced by Strikeforce middleweight Derek Brunson.

Brunson accepts the fight on just a few day’s notice and the fight will now take place as a catchweight bout at 190lbs.

Sources close to the fight confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday with bout agreements issued for the fight taking place this Saturday, June 16.

At 9-0, Derek Brunson is considered to be one of the brightest rising stars in the middleweight division, but he has been out of action since last November. Brunson was set to return in March at the Strikeforce card in Columbus, OH, but a pre-fight eye test revealed his vision was not up to the standards of the Ohio Athletic Commission and so he was pulled from the card.

Brunson immediately had LASIK surgery to repair his eyes, and is now back ready for action. The expectations were that Brunson would compete on the upcoming Strikeforce card on July 14 in Portland, Oregon, but he was still awaiting word when he got the call for the bout at ShoFights this weekend.

Brunson was contractually able to take another fight outside of Strikeforce, and will now battle Grove at the 190lb catchweight this weekend.


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