Tony Gravely previously had not left Virginia, now he has moved full time to Florida, to train with some of the top fighters in the world. Now a member of American Top Team (Coconut Creek, Florida), Gravely is excited to showcase his ever improving talent. Gravely spoke extremely highly of the talented sparring partners at his disposal on a daily basis.
“I’m excited to step back in there, excited for the opportunity,” Gravely told MyMMANews.
“From a small gym with a lot less people,” Gravely stated. “Lots more people in the gym, I learn so much diversity, everyone in that gym is really good. So much to learn, especially at 125 & 135,” Gravely continued. “I could train with 30 guys, at the small gym we might have 4 going, so it’s completely different.”
At Gravely’s disposal is not only a plethora of talent, but a plethora of styles and sizes. From Marlon Moraes to Dustin Poirier to Jorge Masvidal and so much more, Gravely has styles to hand pick and match with upcoming opponent, Geraldo de Freitas.
“There’s always somebody in the gym who can replicate that feel for me,” Gravely explained. “No matter what the style is. They not only work with you as a good partner but they tell you after what you need to fix or to get better.”
Geraldo de Freitas will be across the cage to Gravely come November 14th, 1-1 in the UFC. Gravely is competing for the first time since his tough loss to Brett Johns in his debut following his DWCS signing. Gravely spoke about what ATT and himself are preparing for in the Brazilian.
“He’s mostly a grappler, but also a striker,” Gravely explained. “He’s pretty well rounded, one thing we have been preparing for is he is longer than me. Continued practicing pushing the pace, I’m very aggressive, I have great cardio, good positioning,” Gravely continued. “Pushing the pace and being aggressive is something I don’t ever plan on changing.”
Watch the full interview above as Gravely speaks on the move to Florida, the most influential ATT teammate and his UFC debut loss to Brett Johns and the lesson learned.
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