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UFC parts ways with Ultimate Fighter winner Kendall Grove

Fan-favorite Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove became the latest TUF champion chopped from the UFC’s roster today after dropping three of his last four fights and never quite fulfilling the potential shown during his run on the Ultimate Fighter Season 3.

Five Ounces of Pain was able to confirm the 12-9 Grove’s release with a source close to the situation.

The lanky Hawaiian exits the UFC with a winning record in the Octagon (7-6) and a number of notable wins including success against Evan Tanner, Jake Rosholt, and Alan Belcher. However, after debuting with three straight wins the 28-year old was knocked out in back-to-back bouts against Jorge Rivera and Patrick Cote and split his eight in-ring appearances since. Grove’s most recently fought late last month at UFC 130 where he was outmuscled and outpointed by Tim Boetsch en route to a Unanimous Decision loss.

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7 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    This is sad news as Kendall was nevr in a dull fight, hope he does well.

  • Spoken says:

    I’ve never been a fan of Grove, but I think it would be smart to take the guys who just can’t quite seem to pull it off in the UFC and send them over to Strikeforce. Guys like this still have some quality wins and could add a little more fan-fare and deeper divisions to Strikeforce. At the very least, it would help build some of the less popular Strikeforce guys by giving them a fight against a recognizable name. Then again, I still think Strikeforce will be absorbed before long.

  • MCM says:

    I disagree Spoken. Sending guys like Grove over to SF gives the impression that SF is for wash outs and losers. I like the way they handled it with Jardine. Send the guy packing, let him get a few wins in local promotions them bring them back through SF to see if they’re ready for the UFC. I could see someone losing a fight or maybe two and then asking to move to SF before getting cut by the UFC, kinda like Pulver did with WEC. And that might be a way to hold on to some of the mid tier fighters without giving them the stigma of being “cut”. But grove has just lost way too many fights. Let him win 2 or 3 outside, then give him a shot in SF.

  • stone says:

    Kendall Grove is a gamer…. A ton of experience & and a hard worker. I don’t know why the UFC keeps cuttin fighters… They should use Strikeforce as a development league and send him there… Call it a “wash-up” call it what you want but, Strikeforce is obviously a shelf below the UFC… In almost any other sport, there’s a D-League of some sort. Sounds like an awesome idea, man!

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Kendall grove will never be a top level fighter and his victory celebration is the worst.

  • Makington says:

    Sucks for Kendall but it was the best decision. He has a few good wins, but all of his losses were terrible (getting ko’d, outclassed) It sucks for him because of his body type it makes it so hard to have really good takedown defense. He just can’t match the power of shorter guys with stockier frames.

    I didn’t think of it, but I like MCM’s logic as to where he fights next. If they use SF as a way to work back to the UFC they can still maintain a decent amount of integrity as being a legitimate farming league as opposed to a retirement league. All major sports have their affiliates too. Being from Toronto I only know the city versions but the Toronto Leafs also have the Toronto Marlies where they build their new fighters and older fighters going through struggles try to work their way back to the NHL. I would like to see Kendall get a regional win before SF makes an offer to him.

  • Kuch says:

    I always thought Kendall should have hired a strength and conditioning coach and moved up in weight. He’s looked anemic as a Middleweight and his losses typically came from strikers who found his chin or wrestlers who overpowered him. Perhaps a move up to Light Heavyweight, where he would still be taller than most fighters, could work for him. He has decent submission skills and his striking would at least keep him competitive. But yeah, he’s never been good as a Middleweight.

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