UFC Statement on the release of Michael Graves from roster
Michael Graves ran into some trouble outside of the Octagon. The UFC has cut him.
The UFC has announced through a press release that they’ve parted ways with former Welterweight Michael Graves after an extensive investigation into allegations of domestic violence. They suspended Graves in November in order to collect information and do their due diligence. Now they’ve opted to end their working relationship with him and cut him from the roster.
With a record of (2-0-1) inside the UFC, Graves got his start on The Ultimate Fighter Season 21. In his last bout, he fought to a majority draw against Bojan Velickovic. Graves fights and trains out of American Top Team in Florida. Here’s the press release as issued by the UFC.
“In November 2016, welterweight Michael Graves was removed from his UFC bout following his arrest. As a potential violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC organization temporarily barred Graves from competition pending the completion of a third-party investigation. Based on the findings of this thorough review and investigation, UFC has advised Graves that he has been released from his contract effective immediately.
“UFC requires all athletes to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as mandated by the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC holds its athletes to the highest standard and will continue to take appropriate action if and when warranted.”