Gregor Gillespie Is Fishing For A Fight With Tony Ferguson

Gregor Gillespie is a man of simple joys. He’s a fisherman. In his down time, he’s a professional cage fighter for the biggest promotion in the world, the UFC. Never one for giving any slack, the New York native and Bellmore Kickboxing Academy product has recently been angling for one of the big fish at 155 lbs.

A fight with Tony Ferguson is something that most Lightweights would be thrilled for, even with the dangers that loom signing for a fight against a legend of that stature.

Recently even more so, because of his current losing streak to Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, and Beneil Dariush. Before that, “El Cucuy” reeled in 12 big wins in a row, credentialing himself as The Boogeyman among the LW ranks. Struggles at present aside, Ferguson is still well renowned for his tenure in one of the sport’s most iconic divisions.

A persona like Tony’s casts a wide net any time he’s not booked. The past few months for Ferguson have been filled with speculation about opportunities. There were talks of Chandler, Diaz, and even McGregor.

The 37-year-old had more options than that as well, as rumors of a rematch with Rafael Dos Anjos swirled. But a certain set of eyes were fixed on Tony. Those eyes belonged to Gregor Gillespie. “The Gift” had a thrilling traipse around the canvas with Diego Ferreira exactly one week before Ferguson’s underwhelming performance against Dariush.  These bouts took place on May 8th and May 15th of 2021.

Since then, Gregor Gillespie has set his sails for Snap Down City, population: The D’Arce Knight.

Tony has been preoccupied though, getting into digital scuffles to ring in the new year of 2022. With his constant use of emojis and eccentric language, Ferguson’s online escapades, one of which was detailed here earlier this week Tony Ferguson Calls Out Michael Chandler, Chandler Claps Back – MMA ISLAND.

“It’s wrestling season.” Ferguson told Chandler. It’s easy to understand how this didn’t sit right with Gregor Gillespie. “The Gift” is shrouded in NCAA D-1 wrestling accolades. A competitor like that would clearly take a call to the mats personally.

“Just got word again from my manager that Tony Ferguson will not accept the fight against me.” Gillespie said in a video. “And then I see you online calling out fu*king Michael Chandler, saying it’s wrestling season, bro. Dude, you understand that I’m the wrestler, bro. I beat the shit out of Mike Chandler in college, and I will f*ck you up in wrestling too. If you’re looking for the wrestler bro, accept the fight, dude. I need to start climbing, and none of you guys seem to want to f*cking fight.

“Tony, me and you are f*cking available, dude. We’ve been available since the same fu*king – one weekend apart. I fought and then you the weekend after. It’s time, bro. Let’s just fu*king do it. Calling f*cking Chandler out for wrestling season, get the f*ck out of here, bro. I’m the wrestler.”

In a four-year career at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Gregor compiled a record of 152-13. Penciling a 92 percent win rate, he even brought home NCAA D-1 Championship honors as a sophomore in 2007.

Wrestling is a large part of how Gillespie butters his bread among the elite at Lightweight, and a gauntlet thrown down will always be answered in kind from him. Ferguson is no slouch in a singlet either, he also carries a list of achievements from the wrestling world. It pales in comparison to Gillespie’s, but Ferguson is as hard-nosed as it gets on the ground.

Fighting Ferguson would be a big-time opportunity, and at Lightweight few names are bigger than that of Tony Ferguson. Since his setback loss to Kevin Lee (who Tony Ferguson finished) Gillespie is looking for any way possible to regain some of his momentum.

We’ll see. Win or lose, if we see this fight get booked… I wouldn’t be surprised if Tony quoted himself mid-fight and said the exact same thing to Gregor. After all, he is that type of guy.

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