Tony Gravely

USA

Knockout win to start evening
BantamweightUFC
April 17, 2021
Gravely defeated Anthony Birchak via TKO (punches) at 1:31 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It ended up being an impressive stoppage victory for the biggest (-360) favorite on the card, but it didn't come easy for Gravely. He found himself in a deep guillotine choke late in Round 1 despite dominating the majority of the frame on the feet. It appeared as if Gravely would be forced to tap at one point, but he managed to survive and was in full control from there. On a night with few stoppages, this one will also earn Gravely a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. A product of Dana White's Contender Series, Gravely has now won back-to-back fights since dropping his company debut to the underrated Brett Johns back in January 2020. Gravely is a legitimate prospect at 135 pounds.
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Facing new opponent in April
BantamweightUFC
March 25, 2021
Gravely will take on Anthony Birchak at the UFC event on April 17 after Nathan Maness pulled out of the fight Thursday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear why Maness pulled out of the fight. Nevertheless, his place was filled quickly by Birchak, who was removed from the UFC Vegas 22 card earlier in March. Birchak is coming off a loss to Gustavo Lopez via submission last November.
Gets bout against Maness
BantamweightUFC
February 18, 2021
Gravely is scheduled to fight Nate Maness at the UFC's April 17 event, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
A product of Dana White's Contender Series, Gravely's most recent action came in the form of a win over Geraldo de Freitas back in November. He'll now get a chance to face Maness in a bantamweight matchup.
Uses wrestling to secure victory
BantamweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Added to Nov. 14 card
BantamweightUFC
October 21, 2020
Gravely will take on Geraldo de Freitas in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC Apex on Nov. 14, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
January 26, 2020
Gravely lost to Brett Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:53 of Round 3 at UFC Raleigh on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
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.