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Kendall Grove Bio

Kendall Grove (born November 12, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist. He was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 3 on Spike TV.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Mixed martial arts career
    • 2.1 The Ultimate Fighter
    • 2.2 Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • 2.3 ProElite
    • 2.4 Independent Promotions
    • 2.5 KSW
    • 2.6 Bellator MMA
  • 3 Championships and achievements
  • 4 Mixed martial arts record
  • 5 Mixed martial arts exhibition match record
  • 6 Personal
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

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. Grove has a mixed ethnic heritage of Native Hawaiian, Samoan and Native American bloodlines.

Mixed martial arts career

The Ultimate Fighter

While on The Ultimate Fighter 3, Grove trained under Tito Ortiz, and won a preliminary victory against Ross Pointon by rear naked choke and in the semi-finals defeated Kalib Starnes by submission after a rib injury sustained by Starnes during the fight caused him to verbally submit. He defeated Ed Herman in the finals by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) in the series finale, winning a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

In his first bout since the show on October 10, 2006, Grove defeated then-undefeated Chris Price via submission (elbows) in the first round at Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter.

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 has trained with Randy Couture's camp at Xtreme Couture. Since his loss to Jorge Rivera, he has moved back to Hawaii and has trained there with his friend BJ Penn.

In his next fight at UFC 69 he faced up and coming prospect Alan Belcher. After a close first round Grove came out strong in round two. Grove rocked Belcher with punches and knees from the clinch. With just over two minutes remaining in the round Grove secured a double-leg takedown. As Belcher scrambled to escape Grove locked in a D'arce choke which rendered Belcher unconscious giving Grove the victory by technical submission at 4:42 of round two.

At UFC 74, Grove faced UFC veteran Patrick Côté. Côté defeated Grove via first round TKO. Grove experienced his second consecutive loss at UFC 80 to Jorge Rivera losing by KO at 1:20 in the first round.

Grove faced Evan Tanner at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest 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.

Grove then defeated Jason Day by TKO at UFC 96. In his next appearance at UFC 101, Grove lost to Ricardo Almeida by unanimous decision.

At UFC 106 Grove defeated Jake Rosholt by triangle choke at 3:59 of the first round.

Grove next faced middleweight prospect Mark Muñoz at UFC 112 in a bout that would earn Fight of the Night honors. After a successful first round with several near submissions, Grove lost via TKO at 2:50 in the 2nd round.

Grove faced Goran Reljic on July 3, 2010, at UFC 116. Grove won via split decision.

Grove next fought Demian Maia on December 4, 2010, at The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale. Grove lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Grove faced Tim Boetsch on May 28, 2011, at UFC 130 and lost via unanimous decision.

On June 17, 2011, Grove announced via Facebook that he had been released from the UFC, along with welterweight Chuck O'Neil. He became the third Ultimate Fighter winner to be released following Efrain Escudero from Season Eight and Travis Lutter from Season Four.


Grove fought Joe Riggs at ProElite 1 This was a rematch of their previous encounter at Rumble on the Rock 5, a match which Riggs won. Grove won via guillotine choke submission 59 seconds into round 1.

Grove fought Ikuhisa Minowa at ProElite 3 on January 21, 2012. He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Independent Promotions

Grove headlined against Jay Silva on February 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Grove lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Grove's next fight was against undefeated Derek Brunson for the ShoFight Middleweight Championship. Grove won via split decision.

Grove next fought Ariel Gandulla in Victoria, Canada at Aggression Fighting Championship 13 on November 3, 2012. Grove defeated Gandulla by TKO in the second round.


On December 1, 2012, Grove faced Mamed Khalidov at KSW 21 event in Poland. He lost by submission in the second round.

On June 8, 2013, he fought Michał Materla, for KSW Middleweight Championship and lost by unanimous decision.

Bellator MMA

Grove made his promotional debut at Bellator 104 on October 18, 2013 with a three round decision victory over Joe Vedepo.

In 2014, Grove entered the Bellator Season 10 Middleweight tournament. He faced Brett Cooper at Bellator 114 on March 28, 2014. He lost the fight via knockout in the second round.

Grove faced former Bellator Light Heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu on October 3, 2014 at Bellator 127. He won the fight via submission in the second round.

Grove faced Brandon Halsey for the Bellator Middleweight Championship on May 15, 2015 at Bellator 137. He lost the fight via TKO in the fourth round.

Grove next faced Joey Beltran at Bellator 143 on September 25, 2015. He won the fight via TKO in the third round.

Grove then faced Francisco France at Bellator 150 on February 26, 2016. He again won the fight via knockout, this time in the first round.

Following two knockout victories, Grove faced former Bellator middleweight champion, Alexander Shlemenko, in the main event at Bellator 162. Grove lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Grove was originally scheduled to face Chris Honeycutt at Bellator 174 on March 3, 2017. However, Honeycutt was removed from the bout on February 28 and replaced by Mike Rhodes. Rhodes was then unable to make the required weight, and the bout scratched after they were unable to come to an agreement for the bout to proceed at a catchweight.

Grove faced John Salter at Bellator 181 on July 14, 2017. He lost the fight via technical submission in the first round.

Championships and achievements

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • The Ultimate Fighter Season 3 Tournament Winner
    • Fight of the Night (Two times)
    • Knockout of the Night (One time)
  • ShoFight
    • ShoFight Middleweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record

Mixed martial arts exhibition match record


Grove and wife Anna, have six children together: two sons and four daughters.

External links

  • Professional MMA record for Kendall Grove from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata
  • Kendall Grove Myspace Area

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