Tony Gravely


Uses wrestling to secure victory
November 14, 2020
Gravely defeated Geraldo de Freitas via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Gravely emerged with the victory he came for but de Freitas didn't make it easy. Gravely controlled each of the first two frames on the strength of his wrestling. He landed 5-of-9 takedown attempts en route to 7:01 worth of control time over the course of the first ten minutes. Round 3 contained plenty of wild striking exchanges between the two men and Gravely got the worse of it. The good news for Gravely was that he was able to handle everything de Freitas threw his way without issue and see the final bell to pick up the victory. A product of Dana White's Contender Series, Gravely clearly has some talent but it's fair to wonder if he will struggle in fights in which he is unable to land consistent takedowns. It didn't hurt him on Saturday.
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Added to Nov. 14 card
October 21, 2020
Gravely will take on Geraldo de Freitas in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC Apex on Nov. 14, reports.
Gravely secured a contract at Dana White's Contender Series in August of 2019, but he dropped his UFC debut to Brett Johns via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Raleigh in January. De Freitas last fought in August of 2019 when he lost to Chris Gutierrez via split decision at UFC Uruguay. De Freitas has advantages in both height and reach.
Drops a thrilling debut
January 26, 2020
Gravely lost to Brett Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:53 of Round 3 at UFC Raleigh on Saturday.
Gravely spent the first round fending off submission attempts and lost a narrow striking battle, but he bounced back in the second round with three takedowns, winning the significant striking count 18 to four in that frame. The third round was one he needed to have, but was caught in a bad position in the scrambled that ensued following a successful hip toss. While fending off the choke, Gravely started to absorb heavy ground-and-pound before eventually giving up his neck. While the debut didn't go as anticipated, he'll still take home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus after the exciting back-and-forth affair.
Set for first UFC fight
November 20, 2019
Gravely will take on Brett Johns at UFC Raleigh on Jan. 25 for his first UFC fight since signing a contract back in August, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Gravley will take on Johns in a bantamweight bout in what will be Johns first fight in over a year. Gravely is 19-5 and is currently on a seven-fight win streak, all of which have come by way of either knockout or submission. Johns began his UFC career off to a hot start by winning his first three matches but followed that up with two consecutive losses before taking some extended time off to deal with some injuries. Johns may be a little rusty after being away for a while and Gravely will look to capitalize and quickly make a name for himself at the UFC level.
Earns contract after Round 3 TKO
August 14, 2019
Gravely defeated Ray Rodriguez via TKO (punches) at 2:16 of Round 3 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He was one of three fighters to earn a UFC contract after the event.
Gravely enters with an impressive track record as the current CES bantamweight champion. In this contest, he turned to his wrestling early and often -- a tactic that was aided by his outstanding cardio. While he lost position a couple times and even gave up his back at one point in the third, Gravely was ultimately able to reverse position and work to full mount. From there, he rained down strikes that forced the referee to stop the bout. Gravely now has earned stoppages in his last seven sanctioned fights, and even had a five-fight KO/TKO fight as part of that streak. The 27-year-old has the tools to be competitive at 135 pounds.