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UFC releases welterweight Michael Graves

The UFC officially announced April 17 the release of welterweight Michael Graves (6-0-1), 26, from its roster following an investigation into a domestic violence incident.

According to a police report obtained by, Graves was arrested in October 2016 and charged for misdemeanor battery.

The UFC released the following statement on its website.

“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 competed on TUF 21 and drew with Bojan Velickovic at UFC 201 in his last fight.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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