David "Davey" Jeremy Grant[1] (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.[2]

Davey Grant
BornDavid Jeremy Grant[1]
(1985-12-18) 18 December 1985 (age 36)
Darlington, County Durham, England
Other namesDangerous
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight61 kg (134 lb; 9 st 8 lb)
Reach69 in (175 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofBishop Auckland, County Durham, England
TeamNorth East Top Team
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Matt Inman[3]
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission8
By decision2
By submission4
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Grant 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.[5] Along with training MMA, Grant also played football and rugby during his teenage years.[5] 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.[6][5]

I was watching a fight with my mates and I told them I used to do it. Nobody believed me because I’m not the kind of person that gets into fights, I just like to get along with people and have a laugh.[6]

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.[7] He made it to the final for TUF 18 and despite the loss to Chris Holdsworth,[8] he was signed by UFC.

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.[9]

The Ultimate Fighter 18Edit

Grant was selected as one of the cast members for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, under Team Ronda Rousey in September 2013.[10]

In the preliminary bout preceding the tournament, Grant faced Danny Martinez whom he defeated via second-round submission.[11] In the elimination round, Grant submitted Louis Fisette in the second round.[12] Grant was next scheduled to face Anthony Gutierrez. However, Gutierrez did not make weight and was expelled from the show[13] and Grant advanced to the Final facing Chris Holdsworth in The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.[14]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Grant made his UFC debut on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale in Las Vegas, United States against Chris Holdsworth to crown the bantamweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 18.[15] He lost by rear-naked choke in round two.[8]

Grant was expected to face Roland Delorme at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa and it was cancelled after the weigh ins the day before the event due to Grant suffering a torn meniscus.[16][17] 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.[18]

After a 25-month hiatus from competing, after his UFC debut, due to separate injuries to his knees, ankle and back,[19][20] on February 27, 2016, Grant took up Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping. He won the fight via unanimous decision with a score of 30–26, across the board.[21][22]

On October 8, 2016, Grant faced Damian Stasiak at UFC 204. He was submitted via an armbar and lost the fight.[23] Grant and Stasiak felt the cracked of Grant's arm twice during the submission,[24][25][26] 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.[24]

After an 18-month hiatus, Grant was scheduled to meet Manny Bermudez on May 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 130.[27] However, Grant pulled out of the fight after being diagnosed with a staph infection, and the bout was scrapped.[28] The pairing was left intact and took place on July 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134.[29] After being knocked down early, he lost the fight via a triangle choke.[30]

Grant faced Grigory Popov on November 9, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 21.[31] He won the fight via a split decision.[32]

Grant was expected to face Louis Smolka on March 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik.[33] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed.[34]

Grant faced Martin Day on July 11, 2020 at UFC 251.[35] He won the fight via knockout in the third round.[36] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[37]

Grant faced Jonathan Martinez on March 13, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 187.[38] He won the fight via knockout in round two.[39] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[40]

A rematch with Marlon Vera took place on June 19, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 25.[41] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[42] The bout earned both fighters the Fight of the Night award.[43]

Grant faced Adrian Yanez on November 20, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 198.[44] He lost the bout via split decision.[45] 12 out of 12 media scores gave it to Yanez.[46] The bout earned both fighters the Fight of the Night award.[47]

Grant faced Louis Smolka on May 14, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 36.[48] After knocking Smolka down multiple times via punches and leg kicks, Grant won the bout via KO in round three.[49]

Personal lifeEdit

Grant and his wife Sherrie have two sons and a daughter.[50]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 14 wins 6 losses
By knockout 4 0
By submission 8 4
By decision 2 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–6 Louis Smolka KO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Błachowicz vs. Rakić May 14, 2022 3 0:49 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–6 Adrian Yanez Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs. Tate 20 November 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 13–5 Marlon Vera Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige 19 June 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 13–4 Jonathan Martinez KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad 13 March 2021 2 3:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 12–4 Martin Day KO (punch) UFC 251 12 July 2020 3 2:38 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Performance of the Night.
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 The Ultimate Fighter 18 Bantamweight Tournament Final.
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


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