Nickname Da Spyda, Original Thinker
Height 6 ft 6 in
Weight 185 lb
Nationality American Born
November 12, 1982 (1982-11-12)
Fighting out of Maui, Hawaii, U.S.
Town of birth Maui, Hawaii, U.S
Team/Association Xtreme Couture
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 1
By submission 6
No contests 1
Kendall Kekoa "Da Spyder" Grove (born November 12, 1982 in Maui, Hawaii) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. Grove was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 3, a reality television show, training under Tito Ortiz. In The Ultimate Fighter 3, he 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 in a close but unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in the series finale, winning a six-figure contract. 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, California training facility. He currently trains with Randy Couture's camp at Xtreme Couture.
Grove is a graduate of Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii.
At UFC 74, Grove experienced his first loss in the UFC to Patrick Côté, who won by knockout in the first round.
Grove will be fighting Jorge Rivera in UFC 80.
In His Own Words:
You could say I started my career my freshman year in high school. I went to my first Brazilian Ju-Jitsu class and fell in love with da sport. After a little under a year of BJJ, my mom couldn’t pay for my classes so some of my boys said I should start wrestling. So I signed up and got hooked. After three years placing sixth in da State Championship in Hawaii at 170 and only being 150 pounds, there was no turning back.
Two years and fifteen jobs later, I made my way to Vegas and after just four days living in Vegas I got hooked up with Mark Lamion at J-Seck. After training and working full-time for about six months, I got asked to help Phil Baroni train for his fights. I said “yes”, and after one session Phil asked me if I’d ever fought before. I told him “no”, and he said I SHOULD. The next day, I called a friend in Hawai’i to get me a fight and that’s how I started in MMA. Web Site