Fortune favors the bold, or so the saying goes. But in the world of mixed martial arts, fortune tends to favor the willing and able.

At least that’s how 30-year-old veteran Kendall Grove sees things. The former UFC combatant and Ultimate Fighter winner is in the midst of the most active stretch of his decade-long career. The Hawaiian stepped in the cage seven times in 2012 and although his clash with Danny Mitchell at Global Warrior Challenge: The British Invasion will be just his third fight in 2013, it’s his second fight in three weeks.

“I love to fight, there’s not much more I can say,” Grove told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “If I can fight, I’ll fight. Why not? It’s my job.”

Grove (Piotr Pedziszewski/Sherdog)

Heading into his 33rd career fight, Grove already possesses 18 career victories with 12 by some form of stoppage. With his lanky frame, the 6-foot-6 middleweight towers over nearly every foe. Yet, it’s not his size that he credits for his longevity in the sport thus far.

“I haven’t had any serious injuries and my body is still ready to go; that’s the main thing,” explained “Da Spyder.”

Between the durability and love of fighting, expect to see Grove competing in the sport for the foreseeable future. Win or lose, the father of five young children will continue battling day in and day out.

“I think I’ve got five or six more years left,” declared the veteran. “We’ll see. As long as my family supports me, I’ll be fighting.”

Grove’s fight with Mitchell will mark his 11th bout since being released from the UFC in the summer of 2011. After going 6-1 in his first seven outings away from the Octagon, the Maui native has come back to Earth, suffering three straight defeats competing for Poland’s KSW and Australia’s K-Oz—including two straight on the scorecards.

“I have to go out and be violent. I lacked that in my last couple of fights,” admitted Grove.

Grove (L) (Piotr Pedziszewski/Sherdog)

In contrast to Grove’s recent rough patch, his opponent, Mitchell, is riding a three-fight winning streak with all three wins coming inside the distance. That only fuels the fire inside the Hawaiian heading into Saturday’s night fight at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., and live on pay-per-view.

“He’s got some submissions and TKO’s. He fights,” said Grove. “But I feel that I’m better than him in every aspect of this sport. We’ll find out on Saturday night. I have to go out there and show that I’m a better fighter than this guy.”

Willing, able and motivated to put his current skid in his rearview mirror, Grove knows exactly what he has to do when the cage door shuts.

“I have to dig deep and finish this guy, kill this guy,” he adamantly proclaimed.

As long as Grove walks out of the cage on Saturday with his health, don’t expect Mitchell to be the last fighter to encounter a bold prediction from the well-traveled veteran.

Top Photo: Kendall Grove (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)