Gregor Gillespie

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Gregor Gillespie
Born (1987-03-18) March 18, 1987 (age 31)
Webster, New York, United States
Other namesThe Gift
ResidenceLong Island, New York, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
Reach71 in (180 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofLong Island, New York, United States
TeamLong Island MMA
Bellmore Kickboxing Academy
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[1]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total13
Wins13
By knockout6
By submission5
By decision2
Losses0
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Gregor Gillespie (born March 18, 1987) is an American former collegiate wrestler and professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2012, he formerly competed for Ring of Combat where he was the Lightweight Champion. As of January 28, 2019, he is #11 in official UFC lightweight rankings.[2]

Background[edit]

Born and raised in Webster, New York, Gillespie attended Webster Schroeder High School where he was a standout in wrestling, winning two state titles. He continued wrestling for Edinboro University, where he was a four-time NCAA Division I All-American and won a national championship in 2007. He was the first true freshman All-American in school history, and also holds the school record for most career wins (152), most wins as a freshman (40), and highest winning percentage (.917). Gillespie stated that he ended his wrestling career because he didn't think he could beat Jordan Burroughs. He graduated from Edinboro with a bachelor's degree in individualized studies and a concentration in psychology.[3][1] He was an assistant coach at Hofstra University and as a side gig, taught private lessons to an MMA fighter. Despite having vowed never to fight, he started studying MMA and quit his job in order to pursuit a full-time career in the sport.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Gillespie signed with the UFC after compiling an undefeated record of 7–0 on the regional scene in New Jersey.[5]

Gillespie made his promotional debut against Glaico Franca on September 24, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[6] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[7]

Gillespie next faced Andrew Holbrook on April 8, 2017 at UFC 210.[8] He won the fight via knockout in the first round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[9][10]

Gillespie faced Jason Gonzalez on September 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 116.[11] He won the back-and-forth fight via submission in the second round.[12] The win also earned Gillespie his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[13]

Gillespie faced Jordan Rinaldi on January 27, 2018 at UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2.[14] He won the fight via technical knock out.[15]

Gillespie faced Vinc Pichel on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131.[16] Gillespie won via arm-triangle choke in the second round.[17] This win earn him Performance of the Night award.[18]

Gillespie faced Yancy Medeiros on January 19, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw.[19] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[20]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Ring of Combat
    • ROC Regional Lightweight Championship (Three times)[21]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–0 Yancy Medeiros TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw January 19, 2019 2 4:59 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 12–0 Vinc Pichel Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes June 1, 2018 2 4:06 Utica, New York, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 11–0 Jordan Rinaldi TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 January 27, 2018 1 4:46 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 10–0 Jason Gonzalez Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch September 16, 2017 2 2:10 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 9–0 Andrew Holbrook KO (punches) UFC 210 April 8, 2017 1 0:21 Buffalo, New York, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 8–0 Glaico França Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg September 24, 2016 3 5:00 Brasília, Brazil
Win 7–0 Sidney Outlaw Decision (split) Ring of Combat 55 June 3, 2016 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended the ROC Regional Lightweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Jose Mariscal TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 54 March 4, 2016 1 4:09 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended the ROC Regional Lightweight Championship.
Win 5–0 George Sheppard Submission (arm-triangle choke) Ring of Combat 51 June 5, 2015 1 3:45 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the vacant ROC Regional Lightweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Justin Stewart TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 50 January 23, 2015 1 2:51 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Justin Harrington Submission (arm-triangle choke) Ring of Combat 49 September 19, 2014 1 3:21 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Brandon Priest Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 48 May 16, 2014 2 2:37 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Kenny Gaudreau TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 47 January 24, 2014 1 1:48 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lightweight debut.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gregor Gillespie - Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  2. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  3. ^ http://www.longislandwrestling.org/liwa/ads/GregorGillespie.htm
  4. ^ Steven Marrocco (January 18, 2019). "How a Frankie Edgar fight foreshadowed Gregor Gillespie's MMA career". mmajunkie.com.
  5. ^ Zane Simon (2016-09-21). "Welcome to the UFC Gregor Gillespie". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-09-21.
  6. ^ Ryan Gerbosi (2016-08-04). "LI's Gregor Gillespie to make UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 95 in September". newsday.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  7. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-09-24). "UFC Fight Night 95 results: Gregor Gillespie stays unbeaten, dominates Glaico Franca in UFC debut". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-24.
  8. ^ Staff (2017-02-22). "Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook booked for UFC 210 in Buffalo". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  9. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-04-08). "UFC 210 results: Gregor Gillespie knocks out Andrew Holbrook in 21 seconds to stay undefeated". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  10. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2017-04-08). "UFC 210 Bonuses: Oliveira, Burgos, Rosa, Gillespie receive $50K Awards". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  11. ^ Staff (2017-08-12). "Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez added to UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-08-12.
  12. ^ "UFC-Pittsburgh results: Gregor Gillespie taps out Jason Gonzalez in absolute barnburner". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  13. ^ Mazique, Brian. "UFC Fight Night 116 Results, Bonus Winners, Fight Scores, Highlights, Attendance & Gate Info". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  14. ^ "UFC adds 3 bouts to stacked Fight Night Charlotte card; tickets go on sale Friday". charlotteobserver. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  15. ^ "UFC on FOX 27 results: Gregor Gillespie pounds out Jordan Rinaldi for first-round TKO". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  16. ^ Staff (2018-02-28). "Gregor Gillespie vs. Vinc Pichel added to UFC's 'Fight Night' event in Utica, N.Y." mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  17. ^ a b "UFC Fight Night 131 results: Gregor Gillespie stays perfect, taps Vinc Pichel in second". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  18. ^ "UFC Fight Night 131 bonuses: You know Marlon Moraes won $50,000 for that KO". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  19. ^ Mark La Monica (2018-12-20). "Gregor Gillespie to face Yancy Medeiros at UFC Brooklyn". newsday.com. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  20. ^ Dave Doyle (2019-01-19). "UFC Brooklyn results: Gregor Gillespie finishes Yancy Medeiros in final second of round two". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  21. ^ "Ring of Combat 51 | Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat | Next Generation of Mixed Martial Arts!". Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  22. ^ Mazique, Brian. "UFC Fight Night 116 Results, Bonus Winners, Fight Scores, Highlights, Attendance & Gate Info". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-09-17.

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