"Even some of my closest friends, when I told them who I was fighting, they were like 'oh (Demian) Maia, oooohhh'. That kinda pisses me off, and what a lot of people don’t know is that I asked for this fight."â†µ
"The secret is letting go. I’m taking this seriously and I’m confident in what I have. Two, three months is not gonna put me on the same level of jiu-jitsu as Demian Maia, so why am I gonna let that get in my head? It’s a fight and we start standing. Obviously he’s been working on his standup, he’s got great wrestling, and unbelievable jiu-jitsu, some of the best in the sport. Look, he made Anderson Silva fight cautious, and he went five rounds with him. But I’m gonna go out there and I’m gonna fight because that’s my reputation. I’m gonna put on a good show in victory or defeat."
Kendall Grove is talented and he has a lot of reach. Still, I can't see him getting through three rounds without having Maia figure out a way inside that length and get the takedown. On the floor Grove has some nice tricks but he's not in Maia's universe as far as grappling (few are). Look for Grove to have a few moments early but eventually find himself on bottom and drowning in the deep waters of Maia's submission game.â†µ