The third show from the newly revamped ProElite organization is official for Jan. 21.
As expected, ProElite 3 features a middleweight title fight between Hawaiian UFC vet Kendall Grove (13-9) and Japanese notable Ikuhisa "The PUNK" Minowa (51-32) at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.
The night's main card, which includes the semifinals of ProElite's heavyweight grand prix, airs on Showtime.
"ProElite 3: Da Spyder vs. The PUNK" follows a debut August event in Honolulu and a November show in Illinois for the organization, which is now under the control of Stratus Media Group and fight executives including former ICON Sport owner T. Jay Thompson and previous Strikeforce matchmaker Rich Chou.
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Grove, the winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 3," submitted Joe Riggs at ProElite 1, which reversed a two-fight skid that forced his exit from the UFC. Minowa currently is riding a four-fight win streak. Despite weighing no more than 200 pounds, the 16-year pro often competes in open-weight bouts in Japan, where he was the 2009 DREAM Super Hulk tournament champion.
In addition to the headliner, ProElite 3 features the final-four round of a prospects-laden heavyweight grand prix. The matchups include Ryan Martinez (6-1) vs. Cody Griffin (5-2) and Jake Heun (2-1) vs. Richard Odoms (6-0).
All four competitors won opening-round matchups in November. Martinez knocked off NCAA Division I national wrestling champion Mark Ellis via decision while Griffin scored a third-round TKO victory over Justyn Riley. Heun, a former University of Hawaii linebacker, knocked out Ed Carpenter while Odoms kept his undefeated record intact with a decision victory over Rodney Housley.