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UFC pulls Michael Graves from scheduled fight after domestic violence arrest

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

A UFC fighter has been removed from his scheduled fight after a domestic violence arrest.

Michael Graves was arrested by Atlanta police Saturday for misdemeanor battery (family violence) Saturday, according to Fulton County jail records. The welterweight fighter was given $5,000 bail, but has yet to be released, per the county website.

UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler told MMA Fighting on Monday in a statement that Graves has been taken out of his fight against Sergio Moraes at UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19 in Brazil.

The full statement is below:

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 Nov. 19 as a result of the pending legal matter.

Graves, 25, is undefeated in MMA at 6-0-1 and is coming off a draw against Bojan Velickovic at UFC 201 in July. Graves, who fights out of American Top Team, is an alum of The Ultimate Fighter 21.

News of Graves' arrest was first reported by ENTImports.

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