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Kendall Kekoa Grove (born November 12, 1982) is an Americanmarker 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).

Early life

Grove was born in Wailukumarker, Mauimarker, Hawaiimarker and is a graduate of Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaiimarker, where he was a high school wrestler. He placed sixth in the state in Hawaii at 170 pounds while only weighing 150 pounds.

MMA career

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.

UFC career

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, Californiamarker training facility. He 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.

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.

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."

Personal life

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

Mixed martial arts record


Inside the Cage -


External links

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

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