By: King Eddie
With the Just Scrap on Maui card only a day away, Kendall Grove and Chris Cisneros look to put on a show that nobody ever truly expected to see here on the islands. But the matchup seems to be poetic in it's making. On the one hand, you have the battle tested, big show veteran, who is on the hunt for another call to the big time. And on the other, we have a top island prospect that is only one step away from the bright lights of the bigger promotions. This fight could seal the deal for either man.
On the eve of this meeting, Kendall Grove finds himself focusing in on the task at hand. It was only a week ago he achieved a TKO victory is Aggression Fighting Championship, an up and coming Canadian promotion. Cisneros was amped and prepped for war at the most recent King Of The Cage, but due to opponent injury, had to fall by the wayside. With both still in fight shape, the stars simply aligned for this one. There is no way for Hawaii to lose when two of the top fighters do battle in the cage.
Each fighter has a strong motivational push from their family. Each using thier children as fuel to succeed. The possibility of getting to that next level and representing the entire state against the rest of the world's competition also forces each man to surge forward, no matter the situation, no matter the opponent, no matter the venue.
Since winning The Ultimate Fighter, Grove has been under the microscope of many onlookers. With a giant following coming from his extended career with the UFC, he still has his homegrown fans on his home island of Maui. Cisneros will be traveling to the Valley Isle as the invader, a roll that he has no problem taking on. Much like Grove, since his big Bellator battle with Ben Saunders, Cisneros has been on the map of countless onlookers. Through praise, criticism, glory, and defeat, each warrior is prepared to leave it all in the cage.
When the main event bell sounds at Just Scrap on Maui tomorrow night, what is to be witnessed will likely go down as two of the biggest superstars in this generation of MMA in Hawaii, going to war in order to get one step closer to representing Hawaii on the bigger stages of the sport. Good luck to both. We wait and watch in anticipation.