Mike Grundy


Injury Not Injury Related
Est. Return 2/1/2021
Not fighting on Jan. 16
January 10, 2021
Grundy announced Sunday via his personal Twitter account that he will withdraw from his Jan. 16 fight against Nik Lentz at the UFC's event on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi after one of his team members tested positive for COVID-19.
Grundy and his crew received the news that one of his team members tested positive just one day after departing for Abu Dhabi. The 33-year-old likely won't have to wait long to fight again, but out of an abundance of caution, he's decided to skip out on squaring off against Lentz.
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Slated to return
November 22, 2020
Grundy (face) will take on Nik Lentz in a featherweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Jan. 16, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Grundy lost to Movsar Evloev via unanimous decision in late July, and he was handed a medical suspension following the matchup. However, he should be clear to return in January. The 33-year-old has been hindered under the UFC banner due to a lack of power in his hands. He'll face Lentz, who lost to Arnold Allen via unanimous decision in his most recent fight in January. Grundy carries an advantage in reach, but the two fighters are even in height.
Facing medical suspension
July 29, 2020
Grundy has been suspended for 180 days or until he gains clearance from an OMF, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Grundy also faces a 30-day mandatory suspension and won't be allowed contact for the next 21. Should he require the full six months, Grundy would be a looking at a return to the octagon in late January.
Suffers first UFC loss
July 25, 2020
Grundy lost to Movsar Evloev via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Making his second UFC appearance, Grundy started well before quickly fading. His fast start was the result of three successful takedowns in Round 1 alone. Unfortunately for the Brit, he accomplished nothing with his positional advantage. In fact, he was credited with just 11 total strikes landed in the first frame despite those three takedowns. Grundy became increasingly less effective as the fight progressed, and Evloev turned up the pressure. Grundy is strong as an ox and deceptively athletic, but he's a pure ground specialist. He has just one knockout victory in his career and that came in his company debut against Nad Narimani in March. It's going to be difficult for the 33-year-old Grundy to carve out consistent success in the UFC given the lack of power in his hands.
Headed to Fight Island
June 11, 2020
Grundy will take on Movsar Evloev in a featherweight matchup July 25 on Fight Island, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Grundy won his UFC debut back in March of 2019 when he finished Nad Narimani via strikes in the second round after a back-and-forth affair. The promotion targeted a matchup with Evloev afterwards, but a rib injury suffered during camp forced Grundy to pull out. He was scheduled to make his return at UFC London, but the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now ready to return, Grundy will take on a former M-1 Global champ in Evloev who is so far 2-0 under the UFC banner. Both men stand at 5-foot-7 with a 72-inch reach.
No longer fighting in London
March 15, 2020
Grundy will no longer face Makwan Amirkhani on Saturday following the relocation of UFC London, MMAJunkie.com reports.
The UFC will be relocating the weekend's event, per an official statement, which leaves fighters like Grundy unable to secure travel plans on short notice, especially given the recently-imposed restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. It's unclear if this matchup will be rescheduled for a later date.