Tony Gravely vs Nate Maness has UFC Vegas 37 ‘fight of the night’ potential
On Saturday at UFC Vegas 37, two of the light heavyweight division’s notable finishers will clash in the main event, when former title challenger Anthony Smith takes on emerging talent Ryan Spann. However, the fight with perhaps the most entertainment value is set to take place between two bantamweight prospects on the preliminary portion of the card, as former CES MMA and King of the Cage bantamweight champion Tony Gravely will face TKO and HRMMA champion Nate Maness in a matchup with legitimate “Fight of the Night” potential.
Tony Gravely vs Nate Maness is one to watch at UFC Vegas 37
Gravely, 29, signed with the UFC in 2019 after defeating Ray Rodriguez on Dana White’s Contender Series. The move to the MMA world-leader followed a lengthy and decorated career on the regional scene that saw him capture multiple prestigious titles. A dynamic and well-rounded fighter whose only losses have come against solid competition, the Virginian recently moved his training camp to American Top Team in South Florida with predictably good results.
Since his UFC debut loss to Brett Johns, Gravely is 2-0 in the Octagon and scored his first stoppage win with the promotion by way of a dominant second-round technical knockout of Anthony Birchak in April. The fight was a breakout performance for Gravely, who said post-fight that scoring a knockout as a fighter with a wrestling background made the win “even more special.”
Now 21-6, Gravely will face a fellow prospect in 30-year-old “Mayhem”, a 13-1 pro since 2013.
Kentucky native Maness holds regional titles at both bantamweight and featherweight and signed with the UFC in 2020. He has been perfect inside the Octagon, notching two wins in his first two fights including a second-round submission of veteran Luke Sanders in November.
Maness fought through adversity in the first round against Sanders, but after dropping him in round two and softening him up with ground-and-pound, Maness earned the lightning-quick choke to stay unbeaten in the UFC.
Maness’ lone career loss came at the hands of former UFC fighter Taylor Lapilus in 2019, but he’s since bounced back with three straight Ws. Standing a whopping 5’10” as a bantamweight, Maness has the frame to be a problem in the division.
With both fighters on two-fight UFC winning streaks and primed for a push up the bantamweight divisional ladder, expect both men to go all-out at UFC Vegas 37 in a fight with serious excitement potential.
UFC Vegas 37 takes place in the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event kicks off at 4 pm with preliminary action and then is followed by the main card at 7 pm ET. The entire card airs exclusively on ESPN+.
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