Michael Graves (fighter)

Michael Lee Graves (born January 8, 1991)[2] is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of Titan FC, where he is the reigning Welterweight Champion.[3] A professional competitor since 2013, he formerly competed for the UFC and was also a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians.

Michael Graves
BornMichael Lee Graves
(1991-01-08) January 8, 1991 (age 29)
Maumee, Ohio, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170.5 lb (77.3 kg; 12.18 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofCoconut Creek, Florida, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total12
Wins9
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision3
Losses1
By knockout1
Draws2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Born and raised in Maumee, Ohio, he graduated from Maumee High School (Ohio) where he competed in wrestling.[4] Graves began training in mixed martial arts in 2009 and began competing as an amateur in 2010.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Graves made his professional mixed martial arts debut in February 2013. He compiled a record of 4 - 0, competing for various regional promotions in Florida where he finished all of his opponents before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter in late 2014.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In February 2015, it was announced that Graves was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians.[5]

In his first fight on the show, Graves faced Kamaru Usman. He lost the closely contested bout via majority decision.[6]

In his second fight on the show, Graves faced off against Jason Jackson. After nearly being finished in the fight's opening moments (when he was dropped by a groin strike and subsequent follow up punches), he won the fight via submission in the first round.[7]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Graves made his official debut for the promotion on July 12, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale where he faced fellow castmate Vicente Luque.[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

Graves was expected to face Danny Roberts on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[10] However, Graves was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Nathan Coy.[11]

Graves next faced Randy Brown on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[12] He won the fight via submission in the second round.[13]

Graves next faced Bojan Veličković on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[14] The bout was declared a majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28).[15]

Graves was expected to face Sérgio Moraes on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 100.[16] However, Graves was removed from the fight on October 3 after he was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge and was replaced by Zak Ottow.[17][18] In turn, he was released from the promotion in April 2017.[19]

Post-UFC careerEdit

After the release from UFC, Graves signed with Fight Nights Global, where he suffered his first professional career loss against Nikolay Aleksakhin in his promotional debut at Fight Nights Global 74. After the bout Graves fought to a draw with Murat Khasanov at Fight Nights Global 87.

After the brief stint in the Russian promotion, Graves signed with Titan FC again where he faced Gegg Ellis at Titan FC 51 on December 28, 2018. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Next he faced Jared Gooden for the interim Titan Welterweight Championship at Titan FC 52 on March 15, 2019. Graves won the fight via unanimous decision, becoming the Titan FC interim Welterweight Champion as was subsequently promoted to undisputed Welterweight Champion as Uros Jurisic was stripped of the title.[20]

Graves was expected to make his first title defense against Kamal Magomedov at Titan FC 57, but withdrew from the bout due to an injury. Magomedov fought Italo Goncalves for the interim Welterweight Championship instead and won the title via submission. Graves was scheduled to face Magomedov in a title unification bout at Titan FC 59 on February 28, 2020, but Magomed withdrew from the bout.[20][3] Graves is now expected to headline Titan FC 59 against Yuri Villefort.[21] Graves successfully defended his title by knocking out Villefort in the fourth round.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Titan Fighting Championship

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
12 matches 9 wins 1 loss
By knockout 4 1
By submission 2 0
By decision 3 0
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–1–2 Yuri Villefort TKO (punches) Titan FC 59: Graves vs. Villefort February 28, 2020 4 4:40 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Defended the Titan FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 8–1–2 Jared Gooden Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 53: Puerta vs. Balart 2 March 15, 2019 5 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Won interim Titan FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–1–2 Gegg Ellis Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 51: The Battle of Kazakhstan December 21, 2018 3 5:00 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Draw 6–1–2 Murat Khasanov Draw (majority) Fight Nights Global 87: Khachatryan vs. Queally May 19, 2018 3 5:00 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Loss 6–1–1 Nikolay Aleksakhin TKO (punches) Fight Nights Global 74: Aleksakhin vs. Graves September 29, 2017 3 3:06 Moscow, Russia
Draw 6–0–1 Bojan Veličković Draw (majority) UFC 201 July 30, 2016 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 6–0 Randy Brown Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 2 2:31 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 5–0 Vicente Luque Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale July 12, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Rafael Souza Submission (rear-naked choke) Titan FC 31 October 31, 2014 2 2:37 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Rico Farrington TKO (punches) MTC - In the Beginning April 3, 2014 1 2:46 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Catchweight bout of 180 lbs.
Win 2–0 Danny Finz TKO (punches) Fight Time 15 June 21, 2013 1 1:26 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 Nicolas Ryske KO (punches) Fight Time 13 February 15, 2013 1 1:48 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 1 win 1 loss
By knockout 0 0
By submission 1 0
By decision 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–1 Jason Jackson Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians July 1, 2015 (airdate) 1 3:01 Coconut Creek, Florida, United States The Ultimate Fighter 21 Semifinals round.
Loss 0-1 Kamaru Usman Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians April 22, 2015 (airdate) 2 5:00 Boca Raton, Florida, United States The Ultimate Fighter 21 Quarterfinals round.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Michael Graves - Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  2. ^ MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SHOW RESULTS***TUF FINALE SEASON 21 DATE: July 12, 2015
  3. ^ a b Nolan King (January 29, 2020). "Titan FC 59 announced, includes welterweight title unification bout, Max Rohskopf return, more". mmajunkie.com.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2016-10-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Marc Raimondi (2015-02-28). "TUF 21 features American Top Team vs. Blackzilians with $500K on the line". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  6. ^ Mike Bohn (2015-04-22). "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 21: ATT vs. Blackzilians'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
  7. ^ Mike Bohn (2015-07-01). "Episode No. 11 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 21: ATT vs. Blackzilians'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  8. ^ Dana Becker (2015-07-09). "The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale card all set, Four TUF Fighters in action". fightline.com. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  9. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-07-12). "TUF 21 Finale results: Michael Graves outworks Vicente Luque for unanimous decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  10. ^ Staff (2015-09-17). "UFC Fight Night 80 gets slew of new bouts, including Howard-Means, Graves-Roberts". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  11. ^ Staff (2015-11-30). "Nathan Coy in against Danny Roberts at UFC Fight Night 80". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  12. ^ Ryan Gerbosi (2016-02-23). "Randy Brown will face Michael Graves in April at UFC on Fox 19 in Tampa". newsday.com. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  13. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 results: Michael Graves stays unbeaten, chokes out Randy Brown in second". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  14. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-05-24). "UFC 201 Update: Michael Graves to face Bojan Velickovic in Atlanta on July 30". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  15. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-07-30). "UFC 201 results: Michael Graves and Bojan Velickovic grapple to majority draw". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  16. ^ Staff (2016-09-25). "Six additional bouts announced for UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19 in Sao Paulo". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  17. ^ Staff (2016-10-03). "UFC welterweight Michael Graves removed from UFC Fight Night 100 bout after arrest for battery". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  18. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-10-04). "UFC Fight Night 100 gets Zak Ottow vs. Sergio Moraes". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  19. ^ Jordan Breen (2017-04-17). "UFC announces release of Michael Graves after October 2016 domestic battery arrest". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  20. ^ a b "With champ Michael Graves out, Martin Brown-Jonahsser Paulino new Titan FC 57 headliner". mmajunkie.com. October 9, 2019.
  21. ^ Nolan King (February 11, 2020). "With Kamal Magomedov out, Michael Graves meets fellow UFC veteran in Titan FC 59 main event". mmajunkie.com.

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