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TUF 3 Winner Kendall Grove Released From UFC

Three weeks after dropping his second straight fight, Kendall Grove has been released by the UFC.

The Season 3 winner of "The Ultimate Fighter" broke the news on his Facebook page. Grove suffered a unanimous decision loss to Tim Boetsch at UFC 130 last month. Before that, he dropped a decision to Demian Maia at the TUF 12 Finale in December.

Sources close to the UFC confirmed Grove's release to MMA Fighting on Saturday.

Grove becomes the third TUF winner to be cut by the promotion. Season 8 winner Efrain Escudero and Season 4 winner Travis Lutter also were released by the organization.

Grove (12-9, 1 NC, 7-6 UFC), from Hawaii, has fallen into a rough stretch in the UFC's middleweight division the last year, dropping three of his last four fights. His only win was a split decision over Goran Reljic at UFC 116 last July. He did, however, have a Fight of the Night performance in a loss to Mark Munoz at UFC 112.

Grove has not won consecutive fights since a split decision over the late Evan Tanner at the TUF 7 Finale in June 2008 and a TKO of Jason Day at UFC 96 in March 2009.

After winning TUF 3 with a unanimous decision victory over Ed Herman in June 2006, Grove won his next two UFC fights. But since that three-fight UFC winning streak, he has been up and down, going 4-6.