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Kendall "Da Spyder" Grove

Born November 12, 1982 (1982-11-12) (age 27)
Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii
Other names The Spyder, Da Spyder, Original Thinker
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[1]
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai
Fighting out of Maui, Hawaii
Team BJ Penn's MMA
MMA record
Total 18
Wins 11
By knockout 2
By submission 7
Losses 6
Draws 0
No contests 1

Kendall Kekoa Grove (born November 12, 1982) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. Grove won The Ultimate Fighter 3, a reality television show, training under Tito Ortiz, and has since had a successful career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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Early life

Grove was born in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii and is a graduate of Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii, where he was a high school wrestler. He placed sixth in the state in Hawaii at 170 pounds while only weighing 150 pounds.[2] When Grove was a baby, he was only two and a half pounds. He was two months premature, and his heart stopped for a few seconds. His father rubed his chest to get it started again.

MMA career

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The Ultimate Fighter

In The Ultimate Fighter 3, Grove won a preliminary victory against Ross Pointon by rear naked choke and in the semi-finals defeated Kalib Starnes; a rib injury incurred by Starnes during the fight caused him to verbally submit. He defeated Ed Herman in the finals with a unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) in the series finale, winning a six-figure contract.

Ultimate Fighting Championships

In his first bout since the show on October 10, 2006, Grove defeated then-undefeated Chris Price in the first round via a submission (ground and pound, due to strikes).

After the taping of the series, Grove was invited to Ortiz's training camp, Team Punishment, and has trained with Ortiz along with many of his former teammates on The Ultimate Fighter 3 at Ortiz's Big Bear City, California training facility. He trained with Randy Couture's camp at Xtreme Couture.[3] Since his loss to Jorge Rivera, he has moved back to Hawaii and has trained there with his friend BJ Penn.

At UFC 74, Grove experienced his first loss in the UFC to Patrick Côté, who won by knockout in the first round. Grove experienced his second consecutive loss at UFC 80 to Jorge Rivera by TKO at 1:20 in the first round.

Grove faced Evan Tanner at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21, 2008. The bout saw Grove bloody Tanner and frustrate the former middleweight champion by stopping his takedowns and getting back immediately following being sent to the floor. Grove won a split decision (30–26, 30–26 for Grove, 29–28 for Tanner) to snap his two fight losing streak.

The year 2009 saw Grove go 2-1, with wins coming against Jason Day and Jake Rosholt at UFC 96 and UFC 106 respectively. Grove's only loss of the year came against Ricardo Almeida at UFC 101 in a unanimous decision.

After every knockout win, Kendall Grove celebrates with the same routine, appearing to dig a grave and bury his opponent (similar to Tito Ortiz). He acts out hammering a nail into the coffin, digging a grave for his opponent, and wiping dirt back on the coffin. In a recent interview with MMA blog "Inside the Cage," Kendall calls the celebration the "Dagger Dance."

Grove is now scheduled to face middleweight prospect, Mark Munoz at UFC 112

Personal life

Kendall and his girlfriend had a daughter named Khloe on July 31, 2008.[4] Kendall has opened his own gym named the I & I Training Center in his hometown of Wailuku, Maui.[5]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States Mark Munoz UFC 112: Invincible 2010-04-10 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 11–6, 1 NC United States Jake Rosholt Submission (Triangle Choke) UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 2009-11-21 1 3.59 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Loss 10-6, 1 NC United States Ricardo Almeida Decision (Unanimous) UFC 101: Declaration 2009-08-08 3 5:00 United States Philadelphia, PA, USA
Win 10–5, 1 NC Canada Jason Day KO (Punches) UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine 2009-03-07 1 1:32 United States Columbus, OH, US
Win 9–5, 1 NC United States Evan Tanner Decision (Split) The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale 2008-06-21 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Loss 8–5, 1 NC United States Jorge Rivera TKO (Punches) UFC 80: Rapid Fire 2008-01-19 1 1:20 England Newcastle, England
Loss 8–4, 1 NC Canada Patrick Côté TKO (Punches) UFC 74: Respect 2007-08-25 1 4:45 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 8–3, 1 NC United States Alan Belcher Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC 69: Shootout 2007-04-07 2 4:42 United States Houston, Texas, US
Win 7–3, 1 NC United States Chris Price Submission (Strikes) Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter 2006-10-10 1 3:59 United States Hollywood, Florida, US
Win 6–3, 1 NC United States Ed Herman Decision (Unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale 2006-06-24 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US Won TUF 3: Middleweight
Win 5–3, 1 NC United States Jay Carter Submission(Triangle Choke) ROTR-Showdown in Maui 2005-10-07 1 3:25 United States Maui, Hawaii, US
Loss 4–3, 1 NC United States Hector Ramirez KO (Punch) KOTC-Mortal Sins 2005-05-07 1 1:08 United States Primm, Nevada, US
Win 4–2, 1 NC United States Matt Gidney Submission (Rear Naked Choke) TC 8-Total Combat 8 2005-04-02 1 2:28 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
Loss 3–2, 1 NC United States Savant Young Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) LIP 1-Lockdown in Paradise 1 2005-03-19 1 2:00 United States Lahania, Hawaii, US
Win 3–1, 1 NC United StatesMatt Hendricks TKO (Punches) TC 7-Total Combat 7 2005-01-29 2 0:23 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
No contest 2–1, 1 NC United States Ricky Gunz No Contest (Eye Pokes) TC 6-Total Combat 6 2004-10-24 1 3:49 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
Loss 2–1 United States Joe Riggs KO (Punches) ROTR 5-Rumble on the Rock 5 2004-05-07 1 3:09 United States Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Win 2–0 United States Kaipo Kalama Submission (Rear Naked Choke) SB 34-SuperBrawl 34 2004-03-28 2 3:16 United States Wailuku, Hawaii, US
Win 1–0 United States Tripstin Kersiano Submission (Triangle Choke) KFC 3-Island Pride 2003-07-27 1 2:04 United States Wailuku, Hawaii, US

References

Inside the Cage - kalinsmma.blogspot.com

4. http://www.usadojo.com/biographies/mma/Kendall-Grove.htm

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