Kendall Grove, who made a name for himself while winning The Ultimate Fighter 3, will return to the cage at Bellator 150 later this month against Francisco France.
The middleweight contest completes the five-fight main card set for February 26 from the Kansas Star Arena and airing live on Spike TV.
In the headline bout, Eduardo Dantas challenges Marcos Galvao for the bantamweight title. Along with Dantas-Galvao and Grove-France, the main card features David Rickels vs. Bobby Cooper, Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz and Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Rebecca Ruth.
Grove (22-15) signed with Bellator back in 2013 and has gone 3-2 over five fights, including a September third round finish of Joey Beltran. In May, “Da Spyder” had his shot at claiming the middleweight championship, but was bested by Brandon Halsey.
The Hawaii-native last fought for the UFC in 2011, suffering a second straight loss when he was defeated by Tim Boetsch. Over the course of his Octagon career, Grove went 7-6, including his 2006 decision win vs. Ed Herman in the TUF finals.
France (13-3), a 33-year-old from Arizona, has won five in a row and is 6-0-1 over his last seven. He claimed a submission victory vs. Ben Reiter last November in his Bellator debut and owns 12 career wins via tap.
Before going on his current hot streak, “Kiko” faced off against the likes of Keith Jardine and TUF vet James McSweeney on the regional circuit.