by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Ultimate Fighter season three winner Kendall Grove will face Canadian fighter Jason Day at UFC 96 on March 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Grove’s attorney, Jill Baxter, confirmed the bout on Friday to 411mania.com.
Following a two-fight skid, Grove most recently fought on June 21 at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale. He defeated the late Evan Tanner by split decision.
Day has been out of action for nearly as long. His most recent fight was a June 7 TKO loss to British fighter Michael Bisping at UFC 85.
Both fighters will be looking to kick off 2009 with a successful effort as the UFC returns to Columbus for the third consecutive year on the same weekend as the Arnold Sports Festival.
The event has been formally announced by the UFC, but no bouts have officially been revealed. There are strong rumors that a bout between Gabriel Gonzaga and Shane Carwin could materialize at UFC 96, but sources indicate it has yet to be signed. Other rumors mark Chuck Liddell and Keith Jardine for the Nationwide Arena, although they are not likely to rematch, instead fighting in separate bouts.