Any chance of former Ultimate Fighter winner Kendall Grove earning another crack at success inside the Octagon took a major hit last night after the lanky Hawaiian was handled with relative ease by Jay Silva, an 8-5 competitor who has now won three of his last four fights. The loss came at Superior Cage Combat 4 where a few other UFC veterans took to the ring as well including Justin Buchholz and Jamie Yager.
Silva finished Grove off in the second round after hurting him with strikes, then taking advantage of his damaged state by locking in a fight-finishing Arm-Triangle Choke. Grove did not tap and was put to sleep, resulting the first submission loss of his career and the first submission win of Silva’s.
The 29-year old Grove had found success in back-to-back scraps entering his fight against underdog Silva, picking up wins over Joe Riggs and Ikuhisa Minowa since receiving a pink-slip from the UFC. “Da Spyder” now holds an overall record of 14-10 including an 8-7 mark since winning TUF 3.
Meanwhile, Team Alpha Male fighter Buchholz had a three-fight winning streak snapped by John Gunderson, another name dedicated fans may remember from his handful of UFC appearances.
Also notable, controversial Ultimate Fighter alumnus Yager quietly picked up his fourth straight victory by outpointing Danny Davis Jr. Yager is now 6-2 in his career and could be poised for a return to the UFC with another win or two.
Here is a full list of SCC 4 results:
Jimmy Jones def. Joao Victor via Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Walter Harris def. Anthony Hamilton via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Brandon Bender def. Marlin Weikel via Submission Round 3 (Triangle Choke)
Paulo Silva def. Dominique Robinson via Unanimous Decision
Jamie Yager def. Danny Davis Jr. via Unanimous Decision
John Gunderson def. Justin Buchholz via Submission Round 3 (Kimura)
Jay Silva def. Kendall Grove via Technique Submission Round 2 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
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