UFC Releases Michael Graves Due to 2016 Domestic Violence Arrest
Michael Graves’ UFC tenure is at an end due to his alleged domestic violence incident from last year. The UFC announced in a statement that Graves has been released following a third-party investigation into the October 2016 insident where he was charged with misdemeanor battery (family violence) in Atlanta after a dispute with his fiance. Graves’ told police he elbowed and punched her in the head in the middle of an argument.
The UFC’s statement read:
“In November 2016, welterweight Michael Graves was removed from his UFC Fight Night 100 bout with Sergio Moraes following Graves’ arrest in Fulton County, [Georgia]. 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.”
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