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David Grant (born 18 December 1985) is an English mixed martial artist. He was one of the cast members for TUF 18 The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate,[4] UFC TV series program , and he competes in Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[1]

Davey Grant
Born (1985-12-18) 18 December 1985 (age 33)
Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England
Other namesDangerous
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight61 kg (134 lb; 9 st 8 lb)
Reach69 in (175 cm)[1]
StyleBoxing, BJJ
Fighting out ofBishop Auckland, County Durham, England
TeamNorth East Top Team[2]
SBG Mainline[3]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, under Matt Inman
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission8
By decision2
By submission4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Grant was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England. He started kickboxing training when he was 14 and picked up grappling on later date where he had his first amateur fight at the age of 15. Along with training MMA, Grant also played football and rugby during his teenage years. He decided to take it seriously when he was 21 where he decided to be a professional fighter after he won a fight just to prove to his friends he had trained in MMA.[5]

He was cast in the TUF 18 The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate,[4] UFC TV series program aired on BT Sport in the UK in 2013.[6] He made it to the final for TUF 18 and despite the loss to Chris Holdsworth,[7] he was signed by UFC.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Grant fought all his fights primary in England circuit and amassed of a record of 9-1 prior signed by UFC.[8]

The Ultimate Fighter 18Edit

Grant was selected as one of the cast members for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, UFC The Ultimate Fighter TV series, under Team Ronda Rousey in September 2013.[9]

In the elimination round, Grant submitted Louis Fisette in round 2. Grant next faced Anthony Gutierrez. Gutierrez did not make weight and was expelled from the show[10] and Grant advanced to the Final facing Chris Holdsworth in The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.[11]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Grant made his UFC debut on 30 November 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale in Las Vegas, United Stated against Chris Holdsworth for the bantamweight UFC The Ultimate Fighter 18 title.[12][13] He lost by rear-naked choke in round two.[7]

Grant was expected to face Roland Delorme at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa[14] and it was cancelled after the weigh ins the day before the event due to Grant suffering a torn meniscus.[15][16] He voiced his disappointment for not being able to make the fight in front of his home crowd in an interview:

I am devastated not to be fighting tonight, I was so looking forward to putting on a great show in front of the fans in the O2, but I will be at the arena to show my support to all the British fighters on the card.[17]

After a 25-month hiatus from competing, after his UFC debut, due to separate injuries to his knees, ankle and back,[18][19] on 27 February 2016, Grant was took up Marion Vera at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping. He won the fight via unanimous decision with a score of "30–26", across the board.[20][21]

On October 2016, Grant faced Damian Stasiak at UFC 204. He was submitted via an armbar and lost the fight.[22] Grant and Stasiak felt the cracked of Grant's arm twice during the submission,[23][24][25] and Grant said in his post-fight interview:

I think my arm might possible be broken. I felt it cracking when I was in the armbar but I just didn’t want to tap, it meant too much.[23]

After an 18-month hiatus, Grant was scheduled to meet Manny Bermudez on 27 May 2018 at UFC Fight Night 130.[26] However, Grant pulled out of the fight after being diagnosed with a staph infection, and the bout was scrapped.[27] The pairing was left intact and took place on 22 July 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134.[28] He lost the fight via a triangle choke.[29]

Grant faced Grigory Popov on 9 November 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 21.[30] He won the fight via a split decision.[31]

Personal lifeEdit

Grant attended college for a year where he gained a degree and then worked as a scaffolder prior to becoming a professional fighter.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
15 matches 11 wins 4 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 8 4
By decision 2 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–4 Grigorii Popov Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar 9 November 2019 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 10–4 Manny Bermudez Technical Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Smith 22 July 2018 1 0:59 Hamburg, Germany
Loss 10–3 Damian Stasiak Submission (armbar) UFC 204 8 October 2016 3 3:56 Manchester, England
Win 10–2 Marlon Vera Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping 27 February 2016 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 9–2 Chris Holdsworth Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Finale 30 November 2013 2 2:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost The Ultimate Fighter 18 Bantamweight Tournament.
Win 9–1 Danny Welsh Submission (rear-naked choke) M4tC 7 13 October 2012 1 1:54 Sunderland, England
Win 8–1 James Pennington Submission (guillotine choke) Shock n Awe 11 14 July 2012 1 3:59 Portsmouth, England Won the SNA Bantamweight Championship.
Win 7–1 Rob Bunford TKO (punches) Total Combat 46 10 March 2012 1 1:01 Spennymoor, England
Win 6–1 Luke Dixon Submission (rear-naked choke) Total Combat 44 19 November 2011 1 2:11 Sunderland, England
Win 5–1 Mark Aldridge Submission (rear-naked choke) Total Combat 41 16 July 2011 1 1:12 Sunderland, England
Win 4–1 Declan Williams Submission (rear-naked choke) Total Combat 39 12 March 2011 2 1:13 Spennymoor, England
Win 3–1 Mark Platts Submission (guillotine choke) Total Combat 37 13 November 2010 2 2:27 Sunderland, England
Win 2–1 Nathan Thompson Submission (guillotine choke) Total Combat 37 13 November 2010 1 1:17 Sunderland, England
Loss 1–1 Dale Dargan Submission (armbar) Total Combat 30 18 July 2009 1 3:53 Sunderland, England
Win 1–0 Gary Conlon Submission (triangle choke) Goshin Ryu 27 29 November 2008 1 1:00 England


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Davey Grant - Official UFC® Fighter Profile". 2018-09-09. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  2. ^ "Davey". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  3. ^ "David Grant". Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "'Ultimate Fighter' Season 18 cast revealed, including LaRosa, Baszler, Modafferi". MMAjunkie. 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  5. ^ a b "MMA: Interview with the England's newest UFC fighter - Davey Grant". The Independent. 2013-12-23. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  6. ^ "New UFC deal with BT Sport goes beyond just fighting into a culture shift, says Garry Cook". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  7. ^ a b "TUF 18 Finale results: Chris Holdsworth taps Davey Grant to take 'TUF' men's title". MMAjunkie. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  8. ^ "Davey". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  9. ^ "'Ultimate Fighter' Season 18 cast revealed, including LaRosa, Baszler, Modafferi". MMAjunkie. 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  10. ^ "Grant advances to TUF 18 finale; Gutierrez DQ'd -". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  11. ^ "TUF 18 finalist Grant on blown weight cuts, Rousey". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  12. ^ "UFC: Davey Grant faces life-changing fight in Las Vegas TUF finale against Chris Holdsworth". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  13. ^ "The Ultimate Figher Finale: Davey Grant faces Chris Holdsworth". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  14. ^ "Two more Brits added to UFC London card". The Sun. 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  15. ^ "Saturday's UFC Fight Night 37 lineup loses a bout". MMAjunkie. 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  16. ^ "Report: Torn meniscus shelved Davey Grant from UFC Fight Night 37". MMAjunkie. 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  17. ^ "Grant injury forces bout to be cancelled". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  18. ^ Johns, Craig (2016-10-05). "UFC 204: Davey Grant's injury hell never once made him contemplate giving up on his dream". nechronicle. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  19. ^ "Brad Pickett vs. Henry Briones, Davey Grant vs. Marlon Vera added to UFC Fight Night 83 in London". MMATorch. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  20. ^ "". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  21. ^ "David Grant vs Chito Vera UFC Fight Night 84 Full Fight Part 1 MMA Video". MMA-Core. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  22. ^ "UFC 204 results: Damian Stasiak gives major thrashing to Davey Grant's arm for submission win". MMAjunkie. 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  23. ^ a b Johns, Craig (2016-10-09). "'My arm cracked but I could not tap, it meant too much' - Davey Grant defeated at UFC 204". nechronicle. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  24. ^ MMAFightingonSBN (2016-10-09), UFC 204: Damian Stasiak Felt Davey Grant's Arm Crack Twice During Submission, retrieved 2017-07-22
  25. ^, Coral Barry for (2016-10-09). "Home favourites Grant and Pickett suffer Manchester defeats". Metro. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  26. ^ DNA, MMA. "Engelsman Davey Grant ontmoet Manny Bermudez tijdens UFC Liverpool". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  27. ^ Tudor Leonte (2018-05-24). "Report: Manny Bermudez-Davey Grant scrapped from Sunday's UFC Fight Night 130". Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  28. ^ Staff (2018-07-05). "Manny Bermudez-Davey Grant added to UFC Hamburg". Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  29. ^ "UFC Fight Night 134 results: Manny Bermudez takes out Davey Grant in 59 seconds with yet another triangle choke". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-22. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  30. ^ Redactie (2019-09-03). "Grigorii Popov meets Davey Grant during UFC Moscow". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  31. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-11-09). "UFC Moscow Results: Davey Grant Victorious in Return Against Grigorii Popov". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  32. ^ "Davey". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-04-15.

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