Gregor Gillespie Denies UFC Release Rumor, Claims Tony Ferguson Turned Down Fight With Him

    ByRoss Markey

    May 15, 2022
    Gregor Gillespie

    The #8 ranked UFC lightweight contender, 14-1 wrestling standout, Gregor Gillespie has denied recent suggestions that he has been handed his release from the organization – after it came to light earlier this Sunday afternoon that he had been removed from the official fan rankings pool.

    Gillespie, a native of New York, managed to return to the winner’s enclosure for the first time since a stunning high-kick knockout loss to now-promotional alum, Kevin Lee at UFC 244 in November 2019, stopping Diego Ferreira at UFC Vegas 26 last May. 

    Gregor Gillespie confirms he has not been released from the UFC

    Over a year since he last stepped foot inside the Octagon, Gillespie, who holds six other victories under the banner of the UFC, addressed his future with the promotion in a series of tweets this evening from his official Twitter account, claiming that he was likely removed from the fan rankings pool simply due to inactivity.

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    “I am removed from the RANKINGS.. NOT from the organization,” Gregor Gillespie tweeted. “(Fighters are removed after 12 months of inactivity). I am NOT GOING ANYWHERE! The UFC has always been great to me! 100% class! It is not their fault that I don’t have a fight. They Have offered me plenty of fights.” 

    “I have accepted all and any that were ranked ahead of me (outside of short notice), and conversely I have obviously turned down anyone ranked behind me,” Gregor Gillespie tweeted.

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    “I am on a mission to fight the top guys with the lower number next to their name to get close to the Belt,” Gregor Gillespie tweeted. “Fighting guys ranked behind me isn’t the way to do it, but I also understand sitting for a while isn’t either.”

    Gillespie then claimed that former undisputed lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, and recent UFC 274 victor, Michael Chandler also recently turned down fights with him.

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    “PS.. RDA (Rafael dos Anjos), (Michael) Chandler, offer f*cking stands,” Gregor Gillespie tweeted. “RDA was cool fighting me on 4 days notice (when i was on the top of a mountain 7 hrs away), but turns me down on a full camp.” 

    The Webster grappling talent then switched his attention to a potential meeting with surging Kings MMA staple, Beneil Dariush next, once again claiming that former interim division titleholder, Tony Ferguson rejected multiple bout agreements to fight him.

    “I am patiently waiting for a fight that will get me closer to a title,” Gregor Gillespie tweeted. “Since @TonyFergusonXT turned me down 100x last year, and @MikeChandlerMMA didn’t seem interested, and since RDA just turned down a fight against me (WHICH I ACCEPTED), I guess @BeneilDariush will have to do.”