Michael Graves Released From UFC Due To 2016 Domestic Violence Arrest
In a statement on its official website, the UFC has announced that Micheal Graves has been released from the company due to his arrest in 2016 for domestic violence.
The statement reads: “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.”
Graves had a record of 2-0-1 in the UFC prior to his Atlanta arrest on October 1, 2016 for a single count of misdemeanor battery (family violence). His fiancee said that he elbowed and punched her in the head while they were arguing.
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