An Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter has been pulled out of his scheduled fight over a domestic violence arrest. Michael Graves, an American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, was arrested by Atlanta police for family violence.The welterweight fighter is yet to be released, reports say.
The 25-year-old was scheduled to face Sergio Moraes in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 100 at the 19 November card at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.
"The UFC organization is aware that Michael Graves was arrested over the weekend on a misdemeanor battery charge. The organization takes this situation seriously and is in the process of gathering more information. Graves has been removed from his scheduled bout on 19 November as a result of the pending legal matter", an UFC statement said.
Born and raised in Ohio, Graves made his professional mixed martial arts debut in February 2013, impressing one and all which led to the UFC signing him. He made his official debut for the promotion on 12 July, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale, beating Vicente Luque via a unanimous decision.
Since then, the 25-year-old has taken part in two more fights, winning one and drawing the other. His last fight came earlier this year in July, when he drew with Bojan Velickovic 30-27, 28-28, 28-28. Further details on the American's arrests were not made available. Graves's replacement for Fight Night 100 has not been announced also.
The UFC Fight Night 100 Card as it stands:
- Ryan Bader vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Krzysztof Jotko vs Thales Latif
- Christian Colombo vs Luis Henrique
- Johnny Eduardo vs Manny Gamburyan
- Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs Marcos Rogerio de Lima
- Matheus Nicolau vs Ulka Sasaki
- Sergio Moraes vs (to be announced)
- Pedro Munhoz vs Justin Scoggins
- Cortney Casey vs Claudia Gadelha
- Cezar Ferreira vs Jack Hermansson