Former NCAA Division I wrestling champion Gregor Gillespie will face his toughest test to date when he meets one-time interim title contender Kevin Lee at UFC 244 in New York at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2.
The bout was made official by Newsday after initially being reported by MMA Junkie as being targeted. MMA Fighting also confirmed with a source that the bout has been signed.
Gillespie has been a wrecking ball since arriving in the UFC with a perfect 6-0 record, including three knockouts and two submission wins along the way. The former Edinboro University All-American is 13-0 overall and is considered a potential challenger to the lightweight title if he can keep this streak alive.
As for Lee, he will return to the lightweight division after a brief stop at welterweight where he suffered a loss to Rafael dos Anjos in his only fight at 170 pounds in the UFC.
Lee (17-5) has gone 1-3 over his past four fights after rattling off five wins in a row to earn an interim title shot back in 2017. He’s fallen on harder times lately with back-to-back losses to dos Anjos and Al Iaquinta, but Lee will attempt to return to his winning ways when he clashes with Gillespie in November.
UFC 244 will be headlined by the welterweight showdown between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, with the winner taking home a custom made “baddest motherf—ker” championship.