The importance of Saturday’s fight for Kendall Grove’s career was best illustrated by the words uttered by UFC president Dana White.“If Kendall loses this fight [against Jason Day at UFC 96], he could be the first ever TUF winner that’s no longer in the UFC,” said White
While that comment is inaccurate because “TUF 4” winner Travis Lutter was actually the first The Ultimate Fighter winner to get canned by the organization, but you get the point, and Grove does too.
“I cleaned up my life a lot and my eyes are wide open,” Grove said. “Like Dana told me in the beginning, watch out for the “cling-ons.” In a way you’ve got to experience it for yourself and I got blinded for a second, but I’m on track.”
Either way, the Hawaiian needs to prove his worth to an organization that is intent on trimming the dead weight from its roster. In fact, the organization is so down on Grove that his bout against Day is not even on the televised portion of the pay-per-view event.
Two former “TUF” contestants that lost in their seasons, Pete Sell and Matt Brown, were given the nod over the former “TUF” champ.
“Everybody’s seen me on top and they wanted a piece of me on top, and as soon as I had some setbacks, nobody’s with me no more. I have my true fans and true friends, but people like to use people and it’s a dog eat dog world, so I don’t care anymore.”
After starting out 3-0 inside of the Octagon, on his way to staking claim as the “TUF 3” middleweight champ, he was knocked out in the 1stRound of his next two fights, then he squeaked out a split decision against Evan Tanner.
Day is coming off a loss to Michael Bisping in June of 2008. That loss evened his record at 1-1 in the UFC.
It’s go time for Grove, or he will be gone.