Gregor Gillespie typically abides by the philosophy where he lets his fists do the talking for him, but after six straight wins in the UFC, he’s finally ready to call somebody out.
On Wednesday, the former NCAA Division I National Champion wrestler took to Instagram to ask for a fight against Anthony Pettis at the upcoming UFC 244 card on Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“So for the last six fights everyone has been pressuring and annoying me to call someone out. I never wanted to but it looks like I am going to have to play the game,” Gillespie said.
“I want my first “call out” to count so Anthony Pettis, I think you are a great fighter, but you are in the wrong weight class, come back down to 155 [pounds] and meet me at MSG on November 2.”
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So for the last 6 fights everyone has been pressuring and annoying me to call someone out....I never wanted to but it looks like I am going to have to play the game...I want my first “call out” to count so...... @showtimepettis I think you are a great fighter, but you are in the wrong weight class, come back down to 155 and meet me at MSG on November 2. @arielhelwani @danawhite @showtimepettis @ufc @seanshelby
The call out ended with Gillespie eating a spoonful of Wheaties — a box of cereal where Pettis previously appeared on the cover.
While no one is going to mistake Gillespie as the next Conor McGregor when it comes to skills on the microphone, the 32-year-old New York native might be one of the most feared lightweights on the entire UFC roster right now.
He’s steamrolled through his first six opponents with knockouts or submissions in his past five wins.
The four-time All-American wrestler has long been considered a top prospect in the division but now it appears Gillespie is ready to make his way up the lightweight rankings by targeting a former champion like Pettis.
Pettis is fresh off a unanimous decision loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 241 in Anaheim while fighting at welterweight. Unfortunately, Pettis left that fight with a broken foot, which would seem to eliminate him from returning as early as November.
Still, Gillespie getting more vocal as he starts climbing his way up the ranks gives the lightweight division another contender to watch as he looks to find a worthy opponent for his next fight in the UFC.