This Is Why Gregor Gillespie Hasn’t Fought In A Year

MMA fans were alarmed when it was revealed that Gregor Gillespie had been removed from the voting registers for UFC rankings.

Gillespie hadn’t fought since a technical knockout victory over Carlos Diego Ferreira in May 2021, when he was ranked No. 8 in the lightweight division.

But now Gillespie is out of the rankings, and some speculated that he might be out of the UFC. According to the fighter himself, this is not the case.

Gillespie clarified the situation in a recent social media post.


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“Guys I’m STILL in the UFC. Relax I’ll explain,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I love the UFC and contrary to what the haters say about them, the UFC has ALWAYS been more than good to me. Pay is great, everything super organized, the follow up after from medical staff is unbelievable, 100% class act top of the food chain.”

Gillespie explained that he was removed from the rankings due to inactivity, which was caused by his refusal to accept a lower-ranked opponent.

“It is NOT [the UFC’s] fault I have not had a fight,” Gillespie wrote.

“They have offered me plenty of fights in the last year. I have accepted any and all of them against guys who were ranked ahead of me, (outside of the VERY short notice ones like 4-8 days) and conversely I have obviously turned down all of the ones of guys ranked behind me.”

“I am, and have been patiently waiting for the right fight, one that is going to push me toward the belt,” he wrote. “Since Ferguson turned it down like 100 f—kin times in the last yr, since Mikey Chandler didn’t seem too interested in fighting me when I brought it up, and since RDA just turned down the fight against me (WHICH I ACCEPTED BTW) I guess Beneil Dariush will have to do. I know you’re banged up and recovering big dawg, so just gimme a 8 week heads up and let’s do the thing.”

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