Grove addresses controversial remarks about Spike


thegarv: You fought last Saturday at UFC 116 against Goran Reljic. How do you feel about your performance?

Kendall: Yes and no. I was happy because I did everything according to the game plan. I liked my performance. I didn't expect him to take me down. I was chasing him the entire time and I feel like that's why I won. In a way I just fought smart and it paid off and I won.

thegarv: So where do we go from here? Has the UFC thrown any names your way or is there anyone you want to fight?

Kendall: I really don't think about all that. I just take the fights as they come to me. I want to fight for a title--eventually I want to get there--but I know I am not ready yet. Wherever I end up, I end up. Wherever they put me, so be it. I'm not going to call out anybody. I just want to fight. That is my job, and whoever they put in the other corner, I'll fight him.

thegarv: Everyone knows about the controversy surrounding your comments* about Spike TV. The result of that was them pulling your fight off of the prelim card. Later on the pay-per-view, your fight was shown anyway. Now that this is all behind you, how do you feel about that experience?

Kendall: It was a touchy situation. I had no intentions of purposely putting anything out. I guess I upset a few people which I didn't mean to. Like I said, if it wasn't for Spike, I would have not been fighting in the UFC at that time. I was really going to train hard and and fight good to get there, but they really gave me my shot. Now it's behind me and I'm glad that it is behind me. I said my apologies. I talked to some executives from Spike. I told them that I'm very sorry and they told me to go out there and kick some ass, so that's what I did.

thegarv: So it ended civilly?

Kendall: Yeah. Well, it ended with my foot in my mouth, but other than that yeah it was pretty civil.

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*“Spike TV pretty much runs everything on The Ultimate Fighter. They could be sub-leasing the UFC name, but I’m sure Dana and the UFC are getting a nice little pay check from Spike but other than that, Spike runs the thing. Dana doesn’t choose who’s going to be on the show, it’s Spike executives. Even when I was on there in the earlier seasons, they were picking a couple guys with funny personalities. I’m pretty sure I got on there not because of my good looks, but because I had a pretty good personality. Everything is ratings to these guys. Just like that season where they shot [expletive] inside the fruit…people do that stuff. Why? Because of ratings. Is it a health violation? Yeah, but did you see the Spike TV people stop that from happening? It sells ratings and that’s all they care about. They could give two [expletives] about our career. They just care about the six-weeks that they’re shooting and get as much drama and stupidity out of us. That’s all we are to them is cattle and sheep. They way they run things, they’re slowly controlling us to be like that.”

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7/12/10 10:39 PM by KalinJohnston

 Him as his girl broke up after being together for a while.  In the interview he talks about having to take her to court cause she isn't letting him see his daughter.

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7/12/10 10:16 PM by Snowguy

 Did he get divorced or something?

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7/12/10 9:58 PM by KissMisery

You think UFC has more leverage than SPIKE? Or just wondering?Come on, man. Serious.One is a company who relies heavily on PPV revenue. The other is a FREAKING television station. SPIKE owns the UFC. Grove let the cat out of the bag. Dana DOESN'T choose who goes into the show!On Kendall. The dude is a warrior. Some interesting scraps when he fights. And understand why he didn't stay with Team Punishment or Couture gym preferring to be with family instead. But it's quite sad to hear a young guy already be physically breaking down.