Grove vs. Minowaman, McMann and Heavyweight Grand Prix at Pro Elite 3

November 22, 2011
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Pro Elite will move forward with their third show since coming under new leadership, and this time they are adding a little flair to the card.

The main event bout scheduled to take place at Pro Elite 3, currently scheduled for Jan 21 in Hawaii, will feature former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Kendall Grove against Ikuhisa ‘Minowaman’ Minowa.

The middleweight match-up will lead the card as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the promotion on Tuesday.

Minowa is a popular figure around the Japanese fight scene, having competed in Dream, Pride and several other organizations. Meanwhile, Grove will look to build on his last win, a quick submission win over Joe Riggs at the debut Pro Elite card back in August.

Also expected for the third Pro Elite card will be rising women’s star Sara McMann, who currently holds a perfect 4-0 record in the sport, and hopes to move that to five in a row when she fights in January. No opponent has been named for McMann yet, but Pro Elite is currently searching and hopes to find a suitable fighter in the coming weeks.

Also scheduled for the Pro Elite 3 card will the semifinals of their heavyweight Grand Prix, which kicked off at their last show in Illinois.

The four remaining participants include Ryan Martinez, Jake Heun, Cody Griffin and Richard Odoms.

More fights are expected to be announced for the Jan 21 event in the coming weeks. The show will take place at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii and will be broadcast on HDNet.


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  • afk

    Minowa is a tough journeyman fighter who’s been fighting randoms for a few years now… I can’t even see how this fight got made, honestly, but best of luck to both guys.

    Unfortunate that nothing ProElite has to offer is of any substance in terms of legitimate contenders. I hope Kendall gets back into the Octagon after an impressive win here and maybe we see some former glory in that regard.

  • borlots

    If this is the best that Pro Elite has to offer, they’ll be DOA before the end of 2012. Pro Elite version one was run irresponsibly and this one should be sent to the recycling center because they got a shyte load of cans.

  • wonggfan

    Minowaman sucks. I remember like two years ago when he fought Sokoudju, perhaps the biggest one hit wonder in the history of MMA (technically a two hit wonder).

    I wanted Minowa to get destroyed.

    I hate Minowaman.