Big win for Grove; 29-28 Tanner?!?!?

June 24th, 2008
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Kendall Grove kept his UFC career alive with a split decision victory over Evan Tanner Saturday night on the Ultimate Fighter finale show.

For those that saw the fight, it looked to be an easy win for the Wailuku, Maui native until ring announcer Bruce Buffer read aloud the first score.

29-28….TANNER?!?!

I didn’t DVR the fight so I only saw it the first time around. It’s one thing to feel differently about a fight than a certain judge, but when the other two score the fight 30-26 Grove, there’s a problem. In my opinion, Tanner could have gotten the last round as Grove looked tired and wasn’t as explosive on his feet. But in the first two rounds, all Tanner could do was push his way inside and try to fight with Grove in the clinch and up against the fence. Grove dominated the stand-up game and his jumping knee off the single leg was crazy. Looks like coming home and training at BJ Penn’s camp in Hilo has done Grove well as he puts himself back in the middleweight title chase with a win over a formidable opponent.

Grove won that fight by a 29-28 margin at worst. No way Tanner won two of the three rounds.

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