I spoke to Grove about the upcoming fight, his career and life's priorities these days. Excerpts from our conversation:
You're a skilled grappler, but Almeida is elite in that department. How likely are we to see you trying to keep this on the feet?
Very likely. I'd be a stupid man to try and even touch his jiu-jitsu, you know what I mean? But it's a fight, it's an MMA fight -- I'm pretty sure in my head I'm prepared for wherever the fight goes.
But like a smart fighter, I'm going to try and keep it to my advantage, and that would be on the feet.
How much do you take from Almeida's loss to Patrick Cote?
With Cote, I learned a lot. Keep my level low. He does get frustrated when he can't control you on the ground, when you shut down takedowns, he breaks as a fighter, but I'm a firm believer that he learned from that fight and he's going to come out a little different, he's going to come out more prepared. That's what I'm going on.
But I'm also going on the fight that he can be broken, and I think I'm going to break him.
From the TUF season that included you, the three stars that came out were you, Michael Bisping and Ed Herman. It seems like all three of you, at various times -- Bisping, most recently -- have hit some stumbling blocks in the UFC. Why do you think that is?
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