Heavy-favorite Gregor “The Gift” Gillespie kept the hype-train rolling with a TKO finish over hometown fighter Jordan “All Day” Rinaldi.
Undefeated in his professional MMA career, Gillespie secured his eleventh straight win in a row (fourth in the UFC) by dominating the majority of the short-lived bout. The bout was the second on the four-fight UFC on FOX 27 main card.
Gillespie got the fight off to a quick start, rushing towards Rinaldi awhile barely avoiding a head kick from the North Carolina native. Both fighters traded, with Rinaldi attempting a few knees but Gillespie was ready, catching the knee and eventually catching the single leg getting Rinaldi down to the mat to start the dominance that ensued.
Alternating between side control and full mount, the four-time All-American wrestler Gillespie passed Rinaldi’s guard to begin alternating between full mount and side control, attempting a choke which didn’t quite finish. The fight ended with “The Gift” taking Rinaldi’s back and pounding him with punches until the referee had to step in, Rinaldi had nowhere to go. It was business as usual for Gillespie, with his seventh first-round finish in his martial arts career.
Speaking on the FOX Sports 2 post-fight show, Gillespie reiterated his post-fight speech by saying he does not have a specific opponent in mind but is ready to face any opponent the UFC put in front of him:
“I’m not here to call anyone out. I’ll fight anyone in front of me and I’ll probably win. I’m here to do my best for the fans and I’m here to get a finish.”
With an undefeated record and confidence for days, there is no doubt that Gillespie will be on the radar for a lot of other UFC lightweight fighters, and with another impressive win under his belt, a top 15 prospect may not be too far away for the dangerous New-Yorker.