Since making the transition to MMA from wrestling, lightweight prospect Gregor Gillespie has been nothing short of dominant.
In his first three fights, Gillespie finished all his opponents in the first round; delivering on the promise he had shown prior to getting into MMA last year.
“I did exactly what I was supposed to do,” Gillespie told MMAWeekly.com. “I think people were expecting dominating fights – and that’s exactly what I did – I finished all three of the guys I fought.
“I think I picked up some skills along the way. I would like to think I’ve evolved a lot in the last year. I think I have changed as a fighter in a good way.”
When Ring of Combat officials put together this coming Friday’s pay-per-view event, they made sure to include Gillespie, which for him is a sign he’s doing the right things.
“The more support you have, the easier it is for you to win, I think,” he said. “The support is good. It’s always nice knowing that they’re going to take care of me a little bit.
“If there is hype, I try not to pay attention to any of it going on, but I think I’ve earned it (based on my performances) if there is.”
Gillespie (3-0) heads into ROC 50 in Atlantic City, N.J., with the hopes of remaining undefeated as he takes on promotional newcomer and debuting pro Justin Stewart.
“It doesn’t matter who I’m fighting, the game plan never changes for me,” said Gillespie. “I have to do exactly what I’ve been doing in my sparring sessions and practice: I have to be aggressive, dictate the pace, and do what I’m good at.
“I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen because it’s a fight and anything can happen, but if I will stick to as close to what I do as possible, which is dominate in an aggressive form.”
A win over Stewart puts Gillespie one step closer to fulfilling his goal of being at the top tier of MMA before his second year of fighting is done.
“The timeline is always shifting, but my initial goal since I first started fighting was to get a UFC fight within 18 months,” said Gillespie. “It’s been one year since my first fight, so I think I’m on track.
“A lot of things have to come into play within the next half year, such as doing well in this next fight, and then have another fight within the next few months of this fight, and then see what happens from there.”
(Photo courtesy of Brendan Ormsby / Ring of Combat)