Kendall Grove fights for his job

June 19th, 2008

Kendall Grove
Photo credit – Josh Hedges, UFC
With all the recent talk surrounding BJ Penn’s dominant win over Sean Sherk in May, not much attention has been paid to Hawaii’s other representative in the UFC.

Kendall Grove, just two years removed from his victory over Ed Herman to win the Ultimate Fighter series and a UFC contract, now faces a fight that could determine his future with the company. Consecutive first-round knockout losses have put him in a must-win fight against former middleweight champion Evan Tanner in the main event of the Ultimate Fighter finale Saturday night if he wants to remain with the organization.

It isn’t definite that this would be his last UFC fight if he loses, but Grove thinks it’s a possibility and finds himself fighting for his job. After spending most of his MMA career in Vegas, Grove has gone through some difficult times in the last year, saying a lot of the friends he surrounded himself with have turned their back on him in the last 12 months. With a baby girl on the way and a training center he’s opening in his hometown of Wailuku, Maui, Grove has moved home to clear his mind and try to take that next step in becoming a legit title contender.

He spent three months training for this fight (which can be seen on a tape delayed basis Saturday night at 6 p.m. on Spike TV, Oceanic digital channel 559) at Penn’s Academy in Hilo where he says he has learned just as much about the mental side of fighting as the physical side.

Find out more about the Maui-born fighter in tomorrow’s Star-Bulletin and check back Saturday for a recap of his fight against Tanner.

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