You don’t get many shows that “rebound” multiple UFC vets nowadays like WECused to do but that is exactly what Superior Cage Combat is doing February 16that the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Thiswill be the fourth show for this upstart promotion which hasn’t received morepublicity largely due to lack of distribution.
UFC vets collide in the main event as Kendall Grove faces Jay Silva. Silva has been making a post-UFC comeback inBellator and TPF so it is a mark of this show’s stature he made the move, evenif he did take a loss in his SCC debut against Bristol Marunde for his lastfight. Grove seemed to be settled withProElite where he picked up two wins following the end of his UFC contract, aguillotine choke of Joe Riggs and a unanimous decision over IkuhisaMinowa. Grove is best known for hissubmissions and Silva his striking but the possible key factor here is Grove at14-9 has almost twice the cage experience as 7-5 Silva.
Post-UFC John Gunderson has gone 2-2, Justin Buchholz post-UFC has gone3-1. Now these two face off for theinaugural SCC lightweight title in the co-main event. Buchholz is on a three-win streak mostrecently defeating Thiago Meller at SCC 2 while Gunderson is coming off a lossto Niko Puhakka. Gunderson however hasthe experience advantage at 32-12-2 to Buchholz’s 12-6.
Originally Terry Martin was to face Tim Ruberg however SCC confirmed Martin hasbeen replaced by TUF vet Jesse Taylor. Bellator vet Ruberg at 8-0 has been getting more attention but to datehea hasn’t fought names to make a true impression. Taylor last year went 3-2 losing to BFCchampion Hector Lombard in AFC and most recently Mamed Khalidov in KSW as hishighlights, on the other hand Lombard snapped a five-win streak and Taylorholds wins over Murilo Bustamante and Denis Kang.
Joao Victor vs. Jimmy Jones
Marlin Weikel vs. Brandon Bender
Anthony Hamilton vs. Walter Harris
Dominique Robinson vs. Paulo Silva
Tim Ruberg vs. Jesse Taylor
Jamie Yager vs. Danny Davis
Justin Buchholz vs. John Gunderson
Kendall Grove vs. Jay Silva