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Brit Brawler Neil Grove Signs Four-Fight Agreement With UFC

(Well, he seems to be better than Kimbo, at least.)

In an attempt to add another warm body to its heavyweight division — and another recognizable fighter to its UK cards — the UFC has reportedly signed heavyweight Neil "Goliath" Grove to a four-fight contract. The 6’6" South African native compiled a 6-1 record fighting in Cage Rage and the UK MMA Championship, with all his wins coming by KO/TKO. He holds notable victories over James Thompson (the 10-second beating shown above) and Robert "Buzz" Berry (twice). He also has a unique martial arts pedigree:

Grove…holds the black belt rank of Shihan in Go-Ju Ryu Karate, a full-contact style which emphasizes sparring and grappling.

Judging from some of his fights, you’d think he was a third-degree black belt in Drunken British Soccer Hooligan. But it works for him, and that’s cool with us. Grove is looking to debut at UFC 95 (February 21st; London, England), and has his eye on Mustapha Al-Turk, the man who held Cage Rage’s British heavyweight title before the organization shut down. Al-Turk will first face Cheick Kongo at UFC 92 (December 27th, Las Vegas).

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powz- December 18, 2008 at 12:20 pm
god i love watching thompson get knocked out!
TeeReks- December 18, 2008 at 7:35 am
@ my father gave me that truck u fucking wrestler

Lol chill out man. Nice American History X line by the way.
Chinstroker- December 18, 2008 at 5:11 am
Running forward flailing your arms is a British martial art that gets the crowd on its feet at many a Cage Rage event. It's no wonder Marcus Davis wants to 'stand and bang' Brit style when he crosses the pond.
Bas Rutten- December 18, 2008 at 4:20 am
somebody needs to make a highlight video of james thompson getting knocked out, with the music let the bodies hit the floor in the background.
my father gave me that truck u fucking wrestler- December 18, 2008 at 4:07 am
any way i no kimbo belongs in cage rage but he never knocked thompson out where as grove beat him faster than alexander emelianeko.lesnar sucks pakistani dicks he walks around like he earned that belt maybe he could have but he didn't. i always see that windowlickin kirt angel in crowd uno he is saying to his manfred wife he can be ufc champ 2 like its some fucking country club they can walk in and out.next thing people gona be bringing foam hands and hogan will come running in with some baby oil.i see this shit going on and i dont see nobody doing anything about it and it fucking pisses me off.are we gona stand there on the side lines and watch the ufc get raped dont laugh this is yr life and mine.3 mmmillion dollars was spent last year trying to keep pro wrestlers out of the ufc another 2 mmillion burning leotards.are heavyweight champ is joke on the statue of liberty it says give me yr tired yr poor i say get fedor in the ufc untill then close the fucking book cos were loosing.if you think anymore wrestlers are coming to the ufc yr wrong.not on my watch i will cut off the finger on them foam hands and stick it up there roided ass.come to mma spreading there kubala reading vasaline steroid using tatood chested hippy bullshit.they need to stick fedor in with brock and bruce buffer should point to fedor and say to brock you see this.this means not welcome.we washed are selfs in wrestlers blood and all the the pakis 2 where taking em all down 2 by 2 by 2 the ufc marches on
Arsenal- December 18, 2008 at 3:34 am
It's unfortunate that overweight brawlers like Grove are still getting good contracts, these people have been plagueing british MMA since it started here.

Which is a shame because it hides some quite prosperous talent we have at the lighter weights.
gvd- December 18, 2008 at 12:05 am
I fail to see any demonstration of skill in this video. And I've never seen Thompson win a fight...
Mr Josh- December 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm
Fuck! i forgot AL Turk was fighting congo this month! i cant fucking wait to get UFC 92 i think it will be the best one in ages! if not years!
jdavis- December 17, 2008 at 10:16 pm
So running forward flailing your arms is a martial art now?
Ersatz Nutty- December 17, 2008 at 6:52 pm
I once knocked out Thompson by blowing him a kiss....
WalksInTheDarkness- December 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm
There is no way he could make 265 considering the fact that he came in at 130kgs last MMA he was in (Ultimate Challenge UK 1). Equally, there is no way he's got the cardio to be able to complete a five minute round against any of the former college wrestlers but he sure can hit like a truck!
Kimbo's jockstrap- December 17, 2008 at 3:21 pm
He took the James Thompson fight on 24 hours notice so fair play to him hes a scrapper.

He is also a fat cunt with crap cardio who will have to cut to get to 265lbs. I cant think of one heavyweight that wont absolutely kick his head in

It may get UFC some South African fans tho ;)
Heath Herring- December 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm
I'll fight him!!!!
Eveboy420- December 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm
Damn poor Thompson that mofo can't get no love, or wins for that matter!
FilmDrunk- December 17, 2008 at 1:54 pm
So, uh... does James Thompson ever not get knocked out?
mayhem420- December 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm
Come on now.... he will come in, look mean and be fed to Cain or Carwin....
1 and done as stated above.
Xamot- December 17, 2008 at 1:25 pm
Wee... 1 more fighter in the heavyweight division. That will make the UFC seem totally less insestuous and insulated (sarcasm).
Jugger- December 17, 2008 at 1:04 pm
One and Done.
hope his skills have improved- December 17, 2008 at 12:47 pm
i don't think he could have fought with his chin any higher!!

And KO'n James Thompson isn't anything special, so i hope the UFC see something i don't!!
Simboy- December 17, 2008 at 12:43 pm
Who hasn't beat James Thompson? Jeez!
piemaster- December 17, 2008 at 12:33 pm
coz hes fat innit!
milo bing- December 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm
with more fighters like grove, the ufc should consider a superheavyweight division
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