The layoff made me hungrier. I went 6-7 months without even thinking about fighting and I'm just hungry to get back in there. [Jason Day is] a Jack of all trades, he knows a little bit of everything and he's dangerous at a little bit of everything. He's a scrapper, I think I'm the same way, I'm a Jack of all trades -- with that I think we match up pretty good. We both had long layoffs, I respect him and I'm excited to get in there with him and see what he's got. At the end of the day no matter what happens to me whether my career goes down the tubes or I become the next middleweight champ my daughter is still gonna love me no matter who I am. I just wanna go in there, fight my heart out and make my daughter proud.
-Season three middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Kendall Grove (9-5), talks to UFC.com about his return to action after a nine-month layoff following the birth of his daughter Khloe and the opening of his new gym in Maui. "Da Spyda" will try to pick up where he left off at UFC 96 when he takes on Jason "Dooms" Day (17-7), which is scheduled for this Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Grove has been out on the sidelines since winning his bout against former 185-pound champion Evan Tanner at TUF 7 Finale via unanimous decision back in June 2008. The Hawaiian has been up and down since his debut in 2006 but seems more focused and determined than ever to reach the top of the middleweight food chain. We'll find out on March 7.