Michael Graves (fighter)

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Michael Graves
Born Michael Graves
(1991-01-08) January 8, 1991 (age 27)
Maumee, Ohio, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170.5 lb (77.3 kg; 12.18 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Team American Top Team
Years active 2013-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 9
Wins 6
By knockout 2
By submission 3
By decision 1
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Graves (born January 8, 1991) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of Fight Nights Global. A professional competitor since 2013, he formerly competed for the UFC was also a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians.

Background[edit]

Born and raised in Maumee, Ohio, he graduated from Maumee High School (Ohio) where he competed in wrestling.[2] Graves began training in mixed martial arts in 2009 and began competing as an amateur in 2010.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Graves made his professional mixed martial arts debut in February 2013. He compiled a record of 4 - 0, competing for various regional promotions in Florida where he finished all of his opponents before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter in late 2014.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In February 2015, it was announced that Graves was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians.[3]

In his first fight on the show, Graves faced Kamaru Usman. He lost the closely contested bout via majority decision.[4]

In his second fight on the show, Graves faced off against Jason Jackson. After nearly being finished in the fight's opening moments (when he was dropped by a groin strike and subsequent follow up punches), he won the fight via submission in the first round.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Graves made his official debut for the promotion on July 12, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale where he faced fellow castmate Vicente Luque.[6] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[7]

Graves was expected to face Danny Roberts on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[8] However, Graves was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Nathan Coy.[9]

Graves next faced Randy Brown on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[10] He won the fight via submission in the second round.[11]

Graves next faced Bojan Veličković on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[12] The bout was declared a majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28).[13]

Graves was expected to face Sérgio Moraes on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 100.[14] However, Graves was removed from the fight on October 3 after he was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge and was replaced by Zak Ottow.[15][16] In turn, he was released from the promotion in April 2017.[17]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 6–1–2 Murat Khasanov Draw (majority) Fight Nights Global 87: Khachatryan vs. Queally May 19, 2018 3 5:00 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Loss 6–1–1 Nikolay Aleksakhin TKO (punches) Fight Nights Global 74: Aleksakhin vs. Graves September 29, 2017 3 3:06 Moscow, Russia
Draw 6–0–1 Bojan Veličković Draw (majority) UFC 201 July 30, 2016 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 6–0 Randy Brown Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 2 2:31 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 5–0 Vicente Luque Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale July 12, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Rafael Souza Submission (rear-naked choke) Titan FC 31 October 31, 2014 2 2:37 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Rico Farrington TKO (punches) MTC - In the Beginning April 3, 2014 1 2:46 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Catchweight bout of 180 lbs.
Win 2–0 Danny Finz TKO (punches) Fight Time 15 June 21, 2013 1 1:26 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 Nicolas Ryske KO (punches) Fight Time 13 February 15, 2013 1 1:48 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–1 Jason Jackson Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians July 1, 2015 (airdate) 1 3:01 Coconut Creek, Florida, United States The Ultimate Fighter 21 Semifinals round.
Loss 0-1 Kamaru Usman Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians April 22, 2015 (airdate) 2 5:00 Boca Raton, Florida, United States The Ultimate Fighter 21 Quarterfinals round.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Graves - Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved December 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/533512
  3. ^ Marc Raimondi (2015-02-28). "TUF 21 features American Top Team vs. Blackzilians with $500K on the line". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  4. ^ Mike Bohn (2015-04-22). "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 21: ATT vs. Blackzilians'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  5. ^ Mike Bohn (2015-07-01). "Episode No. 11 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 21: ATT vs. Blackzilians'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  6. ^ Dana Becker (2015-07-09). "The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale card all set, Four TUF Fighters in action". fightline.com. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  7. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-07-12). "TUF 21 Finale results: Michael Graves outworks Vicente Luque for unanimous decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12. 
  8. ^ Staff (2015-09-17). "UFC Fight Night 80 gets slew of new bouts, including Howard-Means, Graves-Roberts". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  9. ^ Staff (2015-11-30). "Nathan Coy in against Danny Roberts at UFC Fight Night 80". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  10. ^ Ryan Gerbosi (2016-02-23). "Randy Brown will face Michael Graves in April at UFC on Fox 19 in Tampa". newsday.com. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  11. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 results: Michael Graves stays unbeaten, chokes out Randy Brown in second". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  12. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-05-24). "UFC 201 Update: Michael Graves to face Bojan Velickovic in Atlanta on July 30". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  13. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-07-30). "UFC 201 results: Michael Graves and Bojan Velickovic grapple to majority draw". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-30. 
  14. ^ Staff (2016-09-25). "Six additional bouts announced for UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19 in Sao Paulo". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  15. ^ Staff (2016-10-03). "UFC welterweight Michael Graves removed from UFC Fight Night 100 bout after arrest for battery". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  16. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-10-04). "UFC Fight Night 100 gets Zak Ottow vs. Sergio Moraes". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  17. ^ Jordan Breen (2017-04-17). "UFC announces release of Michael Graves after October 2016 domestic battery arrest". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 

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