‘Best Fisherman in MMA!’- Conor McGregor Reacts to Gregor Gillespie’s Stunning Win at UFC Fight Night

Published 05/08/2021, 10:06 PM CDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 21: Conor McGregor of Ireland interacts with media during the UFC 257 press conference event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 21, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Gregor Gillespie returned to action for the first time since his knockout loss to Kevin Lee at UFC 244. He put on a scintillating performance and outlasted his opponent, Carlos Diego Ferreira. ‘The Gift’ gave UFC fans a true display of his exquisite wrestling prowess, along with his incredible heart.

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Former two-division UFC champion, Conor McGregor, was keeping a close eye on how things unfolded at UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Waterson. He noted Gillespie’s win and tweeted out his reaction. “This Gregor Gillespie cat is no way in hell the best fisherman in MMA. Not even f**kin close!” wrote ‘The Notorious’.

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Gillespie started the fight at an insane pace and kept on pushing until Ferreira broke and accepted his superiority as a wrestler. Now, ‘The Gift’, who ground out to the decision, is once again back on the win column after getting his undefeated record snapped at his last fight.

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Gillespie was once considered the future of the UFC’s lightweight division. But his last fight halted his progress a bit as he took a time off for over a year. Now, ‘The Gift’ is back on the horse again and wants a higher-ranked opponent in his next fight. However, he didn’t call out any particular name in his post-fight interview.

After his grappling clinic, the 34-year-old also recognized that he doesn’t have a lot left on his clock. Though ‘The Gift’ is not old, he needs to fight cream of the crop contenders from now on to establish himself as a top lightweight.

What’s next for Gregor Gillespie after his win?

Gillespie deserves top-ranked fighter next. Now, it remains to be seen who the UFC matches him up against in his next fight. Meanwhile, Diego Ferreira is currently on a 2-fight skid as he dropped a decision against Beneil Dariush in his last fight. This was only the second time he has been finished in his professional MMA career.

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Both fighters are good contenders in the UFC’s lightweight division. However, with this win, there is no doubt Gillespie will get a contender with a number next to his name in his next fight.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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