Undefeated lightweight prospect Gregor Gillespie faced off with the ever-violent Yancy Medeiros tonight (Saturday, January 19th, 2019) inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., live on ESPN+ (free trial here).
Gregor came out with his hands high, shot in, grabbing a single-leg. Yancy scrambled but Gregor hung on, scrambling with him, trying to lock him down from the wrestler’s ride. This was Gillespie’s bread and butter, relentless grappling scrambles until he wears opponents down. He landed knees to the legs and body of Medeiros, standing partly behind him with a bodylock. He dragged Yancy down, and for a second Yancy reversed him with a Granby roll. Gregor grabbed a single-leg from the bottom and instantly re-asserted the initiative. Yancy held him off against the cage, until Gregor got behind him, picked him up and tossed him. Yancy popped right back up, got thrown again, rolled straight to his feet. Gregor just wouldn’t come unstuck from Medeiros, and though Yancy stayed scrambling, the takedowns were slowly beginning to come a little easier for Gregor. The crowd began to boo, but there were only 30 seconds left in the round and Gregor held on for all of them.
Gregor came out and landed a solid right hand on Yancy, walking him down until he decided to shoot again, bundling Medeiros against the cage. He dragged Medeiros’ leg out and got him to the mat. Yancy stood, Gillespie took him down again and again. Gillespie threw and re-threw relentlessly until he was able to take top position. He tried to advance to mount, Yancy narrowly avoiding that fate. He took the back and then got full mount while looking for an arm-triangle. He began landing short elbows from the top. Paired with his suffocating control, the ground-and-pound was proving a problem for Yancy. Finally, Medeiros got to his hands and knees, but Gregor hung on doggedly, trying to tip him back to the mat. He landed knees to Yancy’s arms until he was able to take him down again, flattened him out and began teeing off, until with seconds to go the referee stepped in! Incredible stoppage from Gregor Gillespie, who looks like a force to be reckoned with at 155 lbs.
Now 13-0, Gregor Gillespie said that he used Yancy’s coaches’ time count against him, deciding he could pound Yancy out in 20 seconds. He began lecturing the crowd for booing him, which didn’t go over well, but later got a big cheer for Long Island, where he apparently lives. The best fisherman in MMA continues his upward rise.
Official result: Gregor Gillespie def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO at 4:59 of Round 2
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