Four-Time NCAA All-American Gregor Gillespie to Make UFC Debut on Sept. 24

By Brian Knapp Aug 14, 2016
Four-time NCAA All-American wrestler Gregor Gillespie will make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut opposite Glaico Franca at UFC Fight Night “Cyborg vs. Lansberg” on Sept. 24 at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil. Franca replaced Joaquim Silva, who withdrew from the event due to injury.

Gillespie will enter the UFC with an amateur wrestling pedigree few can match, as he won a national championship at Edinboro University in 2007. “The Gift” still ranks first on Edinboro’s all-time list in career wins (152) and winning percentage (.917), and he remains one of only two wrestlers -- Josh Koscheck is the other -- in school history to earn All-America honors four times. Those skills have made for a seamless transition to MMA. Gillespie has raced out to a perfect 7-0 record, capturing Ring of Combat gold in the process. He last competed at Ring of Combat 55 on June 3, when he was awarded a three-round split decision over Sidney Outlaw.

Franca, 25, has rattled off 10 wins in his past 12 appearances. The Astra Fight Team representative last competed at UFC 197 in April, when he dropped a unanimous decision to James Vick at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Franca sports 12 finishes among his 13 professional victories, six by submission and six more by knockout or technical knockout.

UFC Fight Night 95 will be headlined by a catchweight clash between reigning Invicta Fighting Championships titleholder Cristiane Justino and Lina Lansberg.


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