Long-time UFC middleweight fighter Kendall Grove has announced that he has been cut from the UFC following his latest defeat at UFC 130 in May.
“Thank u UFC for a lot of Good memory’s. Respect to all the staff at Zuffa for always treating me like family,” Grove wrote on Facebook after receiving the news.
Grove emerged to prominence in the UFC after winning The Ultimate Fighter Season 3, producing an early 3-0 record in the Octagon including wins over Ed Herman and Alan Belcher.
The Hawaiian has struggled to find consistency since that time however, starting with back-to-back KO losses against Patrick Cote and Jorge Rivera in 2007-2008.
Though ‘Da Spyder’ has managed to escape being cut in the past by getting back to winning ways at the right time, his patchy form finally caught up with him last month with a decision loss to Tim Boetsch that left him with just two wins in his last six fights.
Overall Grove leaves with a 7-6 Octagon record, 12-9 (1) in his career to date.
It’s unclear what comes next for Grove, but at 28 years old he still has time left in his career and being a recognisable name in the sport he won’t be short of offers from other promotions.
Grove also owns the I&I Training Center in Kahului, Hawaii which could also be something that he channels more of his focus onto.