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UFC welterweight released following domestic violence arrest

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has parted ways with welterweight prospect and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 constant Michael Graves following his 2016 arrest for domestic violence.

Our initial report here.

Graves was charged with misdemeanor battery (family violence) back in October and yanked from his Sergio Moraes fight at UFC Fight Night 100, scheduled for last November in Brazil.

He will not return, according to

“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.”

It’s not uncommon in mixed martial arts (MMA), according to this report.

Graves (6-0-1) split a pair of fights on the FOX Sports 1 reality show to earn his spot in the big leagues, then followed that up by outpointing Vincente Luque at the live finale in July 2015.

He would appear two more times inside the Octagon prior to last October’s arrest.