UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Waterson: Carlos Diego Ferreira vs Gregor Gillespie -Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/08/2021, 2:07 PM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Waterson will see a lightweight clash between Carlos Diego Ferreira vs Gregor Gillespie go down. Both men will look to bounce back from defeat in their last contest. Gillespie was knocked out by Kevin Lee in 2019 at UFC 244. Ferreira lost a split decision to Beneil Dariush in his last fight.

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Gillespie has a professional record of 13-1. The loss against Lee has been the only of his career. Gillespie has been fighting in the UFC since 2016. He has finished all of his wins in the promotion except for his debut fight. His last win was against Yancy Medeiros in 2019. ‘The Gift’ has a total of 11 finishes. 6 of those wins have come by T/KO and 5 by submission.

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Ferreira is coming off a split decision loss against Beneil Dariush. He has a professional record of 27-3. Another loss against Beneil Dariush in 2014 and a knockout loss to Dustin Poirier are his only other losses. Ferreira has been fighting in the UFC since 2014. He has won 8 out of his 11 fights in the organization.

A submission win against Anthony Pettis was Ferreira’s last win. He holds other notable wins over Rustam Khabilov, Kyle Nelson, and more during his time in the organization.

Gregor Gillespie vs Carlos Diego Ferreira: Analysis

Gillespie was once considered the future of the UFC’s lightweight division due to his grueling wrestling style. He dominates his opponents on the ground. His loss halted his progress a bit. But the 34-year-old can get right back to his position with a win against Ferreira.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Beneil Dariush of Iran kicks Diego Ferreira of Brazil in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Ferreira is a superior grappler. He also possesses a great submission threat. 7 submission wins in his resume prove that point. But it’s not easy to submit a fighter like Gillespie. Nothing in his career so far shows that he can be submitted. So, that might be a factor.

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Gillespie just might out-wrestle Ferreira throughout the contest and eventually earn a unanimous decision in the process.

Final Prediction: Gregor ‘The Gift‘ Gillespie by unanimous decision.

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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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