Who is Gregor Gillespie?
Gregor Gillespie is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is ranked among the top 15. Before fighting in the UFC, he gave his professional debut in the Ring of Combat fighting and fought for almost two years and won every fight in the competition. During his time in Ring of Combat, he also won the ROC Regional Lightweight Championship and defended the title successfully twice in his career.
He fights with the Orthodox stance and likes to keep his weaker left side towards the opponent and strike devastating strikes with his dominant right side. During his college years, he has also fought in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and was a four-time NCAA Division 1 All-American and the NCAA Division 1 National Champion of the year 2007. Besides this, he has been able to maintain a professional career record of 14 wins and just 1 loss, with the majority of the wins coming from knockout as well as submission, and he goes by the nickname, ‘The Gift.’
|Full Name||Gregor Gillespie|
|Other name||The Gift|
|Date Of Birth||March 18, 1987|
|Birth Place||Webster, New York, United States|
|Profession||mixed martial artist|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Net worth||$1 million to $5 million.|
|Mixed martial arts record||Total 14|
By knockout 6
By submission 5
By decision 2
By knockout 1
Gregor Gillespie was born on 18 March 1987 in Webster, New York, United States, to parents whose identity has not been made public by the fighter. However, it is known that his father used to take him fishing, because of which he still is interested in fishing and likes to catch a fish or two during his leisure time. Unfortunately, there is no information available regarding his sibling’s details and family background. Besides this, he is currently 33 years old with the zodiac sign of Pisces.
Nationality and Physical Stats
Gregor Gillespie holds an American nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity. Unfortunately, there is no information available regarding the fighter’s religious ideology and beliefs. Besides this, he stands at the height of 5 feet and 7 inches (1.70m/170cms) tall and weighs around 71kgs (156lbs). Moreover, he has an athletic body physique with a pair of blue-colored eyes with brown colored hair.
Gregor Gillespie studied and completed his high schooling at the Webster Schroeder High School located in Webster, Monroe County, New York. During his school years, he actively participated in wrestling and was also a winner of two state titles. Moreover, he also held the highest record in the school’s history with 152 career wins, among which 40 wins came in his freshman career. For further studies, he studied at the Edinboro University, located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
He also participated in wrestling and was inducted in the highest level of intercollegiate athletics, NCAA Division 1’s All American team, for a total of four times. In addition to this, he is also a recipient of a national championship of the year 2007. He graduated from the Edinboro University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. He was initially not interested in wrestling anymore. He worked as an assistant coach in the Hofstra University located in Hempstead, New York but then left his job to pursue a career in MMA.
Gregor Gillespie suffered a serious drinking and illegal drug addiction after his college life. He almost fell to the very bottom but was saved by his former wrestling coach via a telephone conversation, who encouraged him to join a rehab and move forward with his wife. He is thankful to his former coach and has not been involved with such addictions ever since. Besides this, there is no information available regarding the fighter’s love life. It is assumed that he is currently single and not involved in a relationship with anyone. Online sources also assume that he has never been married yet, nor has he had any children.
Gregor Gillespie’s sophomore year during his college years was impressive as he fought a total of 44 matches in which he won 40 and lost 4 with a win percentage of 90.91%. He was ranked seventh. His sophomore year of 2007 was the best during his college career as he had a win percentage of 94.44%, having won 34 fights out of 36. He was ranked first. Likewise, in his junior year, he fought 41 matches and won 37 matches with 4 losses to hold a win percentage of 90.24%.
He was ranked fifth. In his final and senior year during his college days, he fought a total of 44 matches in which he won 41 fights and lost 3 to hold a win percentage of 93.18%.
Gregor Gillespie has had an amazing career so far. He gave his professional debut on 24 January 2014 in the Ring of Combat competition. He won his first-ever fight against Kenny Gaudreau via technical knockout in 1 minute and 48 seconds of the very first round. This dominant victory opened up a streak of victories as he went on to win every match he fought in the competition defeating fighters like Brandon Priest, Justin Harrington, and Justin Stewart along the way.
In his fight against George Sheppard, he won the vacant ROC Regional Lightweight Championship. He successfully defended it twice against opponents Jose Mariscal and Sidney Outlaw before leaving the competition and joining the UFC. Gregor Gillespie took the UFC audience by surprise by giving impressive performances time after time. His debut fight in the UFC took place on 24 September 2016 against Glaico Franca in which he won via unanimous decision.
He gave the best performances, and his fights were announced the best fight of the night thrice against opponents Andrew Holbrook, Jason Gonzalez, and Vinc Pichel. However, this winning streak came to an end in the most recent fight of his career against the American professional mixed martial artist, Kevin Lee who knocked him out via a head kick in 2 minutes and 47 seconds of the very first round.
Gregor Gillespie has won the ROC Regional Lightweight Championship once in his career with two successful titles defenses.
Gregor Gillespie earns mostly from his fighting career and some through brand endorsements and sponsorships. In the year 2020, then 33 years old fighter has an estimated net worth from anywhere around $1 million to $5 million.
Gregor Gillespie is active on social media platforms. His official Instagram account (@gregorthegift) has over 60 thousand followers, and his supposed Twitter account (@gregor_the_gift) has over 9 thousand followers, but the account has not been verified yet. Besides this, he also has a Facebook page (@GregorGillespieMMA) with over 4.7 thousand likes with well over 4.9 thousand followers, but the account has not been verified yet.