Welterweight fighter Michael Graces has been officially released by the UFC in relation to a domestic violence incident that occured back in October.
Graves arrived in the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter 25 in July of 2015 and after compiling a 2-0-1 record in the Octagon had been scheduled to fight at UFC Fight Night 100 in November of last year before he was removed from the card due to allegations of domestice violence by his partner.
The 26-year-old Graves was alleged to have punched and elbowed his fiancee and was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor battery, leading to him being placed on temporary suspension by the UFC while they investigated the matter.
Six months later the UFC has now released a statement conforming that after their investigation they have decided to cut Graves from the roster.
“In November 2016, welterweight Michael Graves was removed from his UFC bout following his arrest in Fulton County, Florida. 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.”