When giving an interview to USA Today, UFC President Dana White had some rather interesting comments when it came to the topic of discussing TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove’s future with the UFC beyond UFC 96.
“If Kendall loses this fight, he could be the first ever TUF winner that’s no longer in the UFC.” Exclaimed UFC president Dana White.
Grove, who was the middleweight winner of season three of The Ultimate Fighter, has been inconsistent lately and is 1-2 in his last three fights. He won a split decision over the late Evan Tanner last June and suffered consecutive losses to Patrick Cote and Jorge Rivera. He will fight Canadian Jason Day this coming Saturday at UFC 96.
Actually White would technically be incorrect, as Travis Lutter, the middleweight winner of the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter, became the first TUF winner to be released by the UFC. If Grove were to lose and be cut, he’d be the first “homegrown” TUF champion to have been dropped by the UFC.