September 28, 2022

Gregor Gillespie responds to speculation about his UFC status

UFC lightweight Gregor Gillespie has assured his supporters that he is still on the UFC roster after news broke of his removal from the Fan Ranking Group.

The news of the deletion was first reported by MMA journalist Aaron Bronsteter.

Moreover, according to twitter user List of UFC membersGillespie has been completely removed from the UFC’s full roster.

Shortly after this information was published, Gregor Gillespie took to Twitter to respond.

“I accepted anything ranked ahead of me (apart from short notice), and conversely, I obviously refused anyone ranked behind me.”

“I’m on a mission to fight the top guys with the lowest number next to their name to get closer to the belt. Fighting guys ranked behind me isn’t the way to do it, but I also understand sitting around for a while isn’t either.

“I am patiently waiting for a fight that will bring me closer to a title. Since @TonyFergusonXT turned me down 100x last year, and @MikeChandlerMMA didn’t seem interested, and since RDA just turned down a fight against me (WHICH I ACCEPTED), I guess @beneildariush will have to do.

“PS… RDA, chandler, offers fucking stalls. RDA was cool to fight me on 4 days notice (when I was on top of a mountain 7 hours away), but deny me a full camp.

“LONG STORY SHORT: NOT REMOVED FROM UFC, JUST RANKINGS. I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

“I am removed from the RANKINGS.. Not from the organization. (Fighters are retired after 12 months of inactivity). I’m not going anywhere! The UFC has always been great to me! 100% class! It’s not their fault I don’t fight. They offered me a lot of fights”

Gillespie last fought against Diego Ferreira at a UFC Fight Night event last May. He earned a second-round TKO finish following his first professional loss to Kevin Lee at UFC 244.

Gillespie had made a friendly call to former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson for a fight before Ferguson ended up being booked against Michael Chandler.

Gillespie hasn’t had a fight booked since his victory over Ferreira and nothing has been reported in the works. UFC commentator Chael Sonnen alleged earlier this year that Gillespie’s inactivity was his fault due to the drop in fighting.

Gregor Gillespie made his UFC debut in 2016, earning a unanimous decision victory over Glaico Franca. He would go on to pick up wins over Yancy Medeiros and Vinc Pichel before falling to Lee.

Who do you think Gregor Gillespie should fight next?