Bellator 104 Main Card to Feature Season 9 Welterweight Semifinals, UFC Vet Kendall Grove

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 30, 2013
Kendall Grove is set to make his Bellator debut next month. | Piotr Pedziszewski/

The main card for Bellator 104 is complete.

As previously announced by the promotion, a pair of Season 9 welterweight tournament semifinals will highlight the Oct. 18 bill, as Rick Hawn battles Brent Weedman, while War Machine squares off with Ron Keslar. The eventual winner of the 170-pound bracket receives $100,000 as well as a title shot.

Bellator 104 takes place at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and also includes a middleweight clash between Kendall Grove and Joe Vedepo and a heavyweight bout pitting Eric Prindle against Peter Graham. The main card airs live on Spike, while preliminary bouts stream immediately prior on

Grove has posted a 6-4 record since parting ways with the UFC in 2011. During that time, “Da Spyder” earned notable wins over the likes of Joe Riggs, Ikuhisa Minowa and Derek Brunson, among others. Most recently, he scored a first-round technical knockout against Danny Mitchell at GWC “The British Invasion: U.S. vs. U.K.” in June. A cast member of Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Grove went 7-6 in the Octagon, including victories over the likes of Ed Herman, Alan Belcher and Evan Tanner.

Vedepo, meanwhile, is a two-time veteran of both Bellator and the UFC. The American Top Team product went 2-2 in 2012, falling to Louis Taylor in his last outing at Bellator 84 in December.

Perhaps best known for a pair of foul-marred bouts against Thiago Santos, Prindle seeks his first win under the Bellator banner since he knocked at Ron Sparks in 40 seconds at Bellator 56 in October 2011. “The American Soldier” picked up a win outside the promotion in June, stopping Vince Lucero in 12 seconds at Imperio MMA on June 15.

A native of Sydney, Graham makes his Bellator debut riding a seven-fight winning streak, with each of those victories coming via knockout or technical knockout. His most noteworthy victory during that time came over Aleksander Emelianenko in December 2010.

Bellator also revealed five preliminary matchups on Monday: Paul Bradley vs. Karl Amoussou at welterweight; Rob Emerson vs. Jared Downing at featherweight; Rod Montoya vs. Paul Sass at lightweight; Derek Loffer vs. Cliff Wright at featherweight and Mike Estus vs. Cole Williams at lightweight.
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