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.