WATCH: Gillian Robertson Makes History with Late Submission Win

Published 06/20/2020, 9:44 PM EDT


Gillian Robertson knew she had a chance at etching her name in history books when she stepped into the Octagon to fight Cortney Casey. The Flyweight was tied with UFC’s first female hall of fame fighter in Ronda Rousey with 3 submissions. She worked towards going one better at UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs Volkov and overtook both ‘Rowdy’ and Rose Namajunas in the record books.

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Gillian Robertson seals a record-breaking win at UFC on ESPN 11

The 25-year-old Canadian fighter made his first foray into the cage since going down to Maycee Barber last October. In Cortney Casey, she faced an opponent who fought in May and won. As a result of fighting in May, ‘Cast Iron’ had the experience of fighting behind closed doors. 

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However, the experience didn’t work in her favor. This is because, ‘The Savage’ cranked up the pressure in the final few seconds of the round and applied a rear-naked choke. 

In addition to claiming the UFC submission record, Robertson equaled the win record for the UFC Flyweight division. She is tied on 5 wins with UFC Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko and top-ranked Katlyn Chookagian. 

Following her fight, the elated fighter shared her pre-fight thoughts about potentially surpassing Ronda Rousey. She said, “I actually saw a chart saying that in was equal with Ronda Rousey last week, and I was like ‘holy s**t, that’s awesome.”

At this point she commented on her newly set record, “So, now to see that I have the most submissions in women’s UFC history, it’s mind-blowing right now, it’s just the beginning of my career.”

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‘The Savage’ doesn’t plan on stopping as she wants to hold the honor of most UFC submissions for a long time. She added, I’m going to set that record and I’m going to push it even farther. So that no one can break it.”

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As one who just claimed a huge victory, the Canadian fighter indicated that she wants her next matchup. She said, “I’m here to fight, I’m here to scrap, this is what I love to do. This is what I was born to do and I’m here to do it.”

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Reubyn Coutinho

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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