Team Dagger in happier days.
Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove has been hanging on to his UFC contract by his fingernails for years now, so I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised that after Tim Boetsch gave him his second decision loss in a row (and his 3rd fail of his last 5 attempts) at UFC 130, Zuffa finally sent him packing.
Winner of the third season of TUF back in 2006, Grove started his career in the UFC with three wins in a row, including putting then-noob Alan Belcher to sleep with a sweet D’Arce choke. And then the hype-train went off the rails with back-to-back KO losses to Patrick Cote and Jorge Rivera. He regrouped and rebounded with wins over the late Evan Tanner and Jason Day, but it was all up and down after that… losses to Ricardo Almeida, Mark Munoz, and Damien Maia were split up by wins over Jake Rosholt and Goran Reljic. Not counting the TUF 3 Finale, the Boetsch loss brought his total UFC record to 6-6.
He now joins Efrain Escudero and Travis Lutter on the list of fired TUF winners, though he’s the first to be cut based solely on losses (presumably). Just goes to show that not only do you not need to win the show to get a UFC contract in the first place, winning it doesn’t grant you much job security either. Though when you think about it, he’s certainly not the only TUF winner to drop two fights in a row. Danzig and Joe Daddy both lost three in a row, but they still have their jobs… for now. And so the inconsistency of the UFC axe continues to be a mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in bacon.
Meanwhile, joining the list of one-and-done show alumni is TUF 13 semi-finalist Chuck O’Neil, who barely showed up to his bout with over-achieving cast-mate Chris Cope on the Finale card, and got himself a well-deserved pink slip for his non-effort.
Both guys apparently announced the good news themselves on their respective Facebook pages. Is it considered rude to “like” that? Remember when Facebook had a thumbs-down function? Those were the days.