Grove victorious in bare knuckle fighting debut

Wailuku fighter Kendall Grove earned a big win in his bare knuckle boxing debut Saturday, defeating Bruce Abramski by unanimous decision at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 2 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss.

Grove, a former mixed martial arts fighter who last fought on the Bellator circuit, was dominant against Abramski. It was a good start to a new career path for the 36-year-old Grove, who is signed to a three-fight contract with BKFC and has said he would be open to signing on for a longer deal depending on his results.

Grove made the move to the BKFC after his contact with Bellator was up following a loss to AJ Matthews in January. He has a 23-18 lifetime record competing in various MMA organizations.

Abramski was 6-6 as an amateur MMA fighter.

In other fights Saturday, former UFC fighter Bec Rawlins won by split decision over Britain Hart, and Chris Lytle stopped Drew Lipton in the first round.