Gregor Gillespie Suggests Clash With Michael Chandler Next, Cites Amateur Wrestling History

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 10, 2022

    Gregor Gillespie is welcoming all incoming opponents as he attempts to make his Octagon return. And is open to a showdown with one-time lightweight title challenger, Michael Chandler – after the two previously met on the amateur wrestling circuit back at a 2009 NCAA tournament. 

    Gillespie, a native of New York, most recently featured back in May at UFC Vegas 26, surviving an early onslaught to defeat Carlos Ferreira and rebound from his first professional mixed martial arts loss.

    Sitting at #10 in the official lightweight rankings off the back of his ground strikes stoppage win over the Brazilian, Gillespie has recently issued a scathing call out to former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson – claiming the Oxnard veteran is doing everything in his power to consistently avoid a fight with him. 

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    Taking major umbrage with Ferguson’s entertaining of a future clash with Chandler, Gillespie, considered as the odd-man-out in that conversation, urged Ferguson to instead fight him, claiming that he was a better wrestler than Chandler after taking a major decision of 10-2 against the Missouri native at an NCAA tournament in 2009.

    With a fight against Ferguson yet to materialise, Gillespie has admitted that he would also favor a bout of his own against Chandler, citing that 2009 wrestling match as the catalyst for a potential mixed martial arts re-run.

    “I love the Mike Chandler fight, too,” Gillespie told MMA Junkie reporter, Mike Bohn. “My understanding from information I’ve gotten about that is Mike Chandler’s been in some wars – he needs a bit of a break. And I get that. He’s had some battles. You go through a fight like him and (Justin) Gaethje just had, you need some rest. I get that. But if there’s a fight he gets scheduled in, he didn’t need that long of a break. I asked for that.”

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    Before his stunning November 2019 high-kick knockout loss to now-promotional alum, Kevin Lee, Gillespie had begun his UFC tenure with a string of six straight victories over Glaico Franca, Andrew Holbrook, Jason Gonzalez, Jordan Rinaldi, Vinc Pichel, and Yancy Medeiros. 

    For Chandler, the three-time Bellator MMA lightweight champion most recently featured at UFC 268 in November at Madison Square Garden, suffering a unanimous decision loss to Justin Gaethje in the consensus Fight of the Year.