Undefeated Bellator MMA World Middleweight Champion Brandon “Bull” Halsey looks to defend his belt for the first time when he takes on towering Hawaiian scrapper Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove.

The contest serves as the headlining bout of 137, which takes place on Friday, May 15, at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The night’s main card airs live and free on Spike TV, while preliminary bouts stream on Spike.com.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing another exciting world championship fight to a great sell-out crowd at Pechanga Resort & Casino this May,” stated Bellator President Scott Coker in a press release. “Our middleweight champion Brandon Halsey has been extremely impressive through his first 8 fights, and I’m looking forward to watching him defend his belt for the first time against Kendall Grove.”

Halsey (8-0), a former Division I wrestler at Cal-State Bakersfield, has kept his professional record unblemished through the first eight matchups of his career. At just 28 years old, Halsey already owns six victories under the Bellator MMA banner, including a four-man tournament victory to earn a shot at the belt and a stunning, 35-second stoppage of then-champ Alexander Shlemenko to claim the Bellator MMA World Middleweight Championship. Three of Halsey’s past four wins have come by way of first-round stoppage.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Grove (21-14) has been fighting professionally for nearly 12 years. The Hawaiian-born Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt is a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter has earned 15 of his 21 career victories by stoppage, include 10 wins by submission. Grove signed with Bellator MMA in 2013 and earned his shot at the belt with an October submission win over former Bellator MMA World Light Heavyweight Champion Christian M’Pumbu.

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