Kendall Grove Explains Why He Left Hawaii To Train In San Diego
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.26.2014
A simple explanation...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Kendall Grove (20-13 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) spoke about why he left Hawaii to train in San Diego at Alliance MMA. He will competed against Brett Cooper (19-9 MMA, 6-4 BMAA) at Bellator 14 at the Maverik Center in West Valley, Utah. The fight is on the main card, following preliminary fights on Spike.com.
On leaving Hawaii: "I always tell my students, ‘If you hang around with crackheads, you're going to be a crackhead. If you hang out with successful people, you're going to be a successful person'. You adapt to your surroundings, and that's what I did. I took myself out of my comfort zone and into an unfamiliar situation as a student of the sport, and I learned. And that's what I needed."
On his Bellator debut: "I won my last fight – not the way I wanted to win it, but I got my first-time jitters out of the way, and I really wanted to be in this tournament. Joe Vedepo put up a good fight and I'm happy to get that win, but I want to start finishing guys. That's why I went to Alliance: to get in the atmosphere with better guys who will really push you into being a better fighter. I've been focusing on improving my wrestling, but also on kicking more and using my length better. You're either going to fade away and die off, or you correct yourself and learn to adapt, to improve."
On being focused: "I fight my ass off no matter what. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. A lot of people don't get that. They think we can go in there and do whatever we want. We're fighting someone who's trained for around six months for you and your style specifically. I'm just focused on putting on a good show to the fans. I'm different now. I'm an evolved animal. I've always had the toughness and the eagerness to finish fights, but I've been training with 20 killers, and now I'm a killer. Training has been really intense, and that's how it should be."