Gregor Gillespie Clarifies UFC Release Rumors and Being Removed from UFC Rankings

Gregor Gillespie UFC ReleaseGregor Gillespie woke up to bad news today, as the UFC removed him from the rankings, causing a rampant rumor that he’d been released. Taking to Instagram to make a statement, ‘The Gift’ denied the release rumors and addressed his removal from the UFC rankings: “Guys, I’m STILL in the UFC relax. I’ll explain,” Gregor […]

Gregor Gillespie UFC Release

Gregor Gillespie woke up to bad news today, as the UFC removed him from the rankings, causing a rampant rumor that he’d been released.

Taking to Instagram to make a statement, ‘The Gift’ denied the release rumors and addressed his removal from the UFC rankings:

“Guys, I’m STILL in the UFC relax. I’ll explain,” Gregor Gillespie said.

“1) I’m removed from the RANKINGS. Not from the organization. (Fighters are removed from rankings when inactive for a period of time which I’m gathering is 12 months).”

“2) I’m not fucking going ANYWHERE, rankings or not.” He continued before launching into how much he loves the UFC, and despite their bad reputation for low pay, he’d say they’ve always paid him fairly so far.

Gregor Gillespie’s Statement on UFC Release Rumors, Continued

“I love the UFC, and contrary to what the haters say about them, the UFC has ALWAYS been more than good to me. Pay is great, everything super organized, the follow up after from medical staff is unbelievable, 100% class act top of the food chain.” ‘The Gift’ said.

“It is NOT their fault I have not had a fight. They have offered me plenty of fights in the last year. I have accepted any and all of them against guys who were ranked ahead of me (outside of the VERY short notice ones like 4-8 days), and conversely, I have obviously turned down all of the ones of guys ranked behind me. I am on a mission to fight the top guys w the lowest number next to their name and get towards that belt, and fighting guys who are ranked behind me isn’t the way to do that, but I also understand sitting for a long period of time isn’t either.”

“3) I am and have been patiently waiting for the right fight, one that is going to push me toward the belt,” Gregor Gillespie stated. “Since Ferguson turned it down like 100 fukin times in the last yr, since Mikey Chandler didn’t seem too interested in fighting me when I brought it up, and since RDA just turned down the fight against me (WHICH I ACCEPTED BTW) I guess @beneildariush will have to do. I know you’re banged up and recovering big dawg, so just gimme a 8 week heads up and let’s do the thing.”

“PS … RDA, Chandler, offer always fukin stands … RDA was cool with fighting me on 4 days notice when I was literally on a mountain 7 hours away from home when he needed a last-second replacement, but when just offered fight w me since then where I would have a fight camp, he straight up said no.”

“***Long story short, removed from rankings, not from the UFC,” Gillespie concluded.

What’s Next for Gregor Gillespie?

Gregor Gillespie was one of MMA’s most highly touted prospects before the Kevin Lee knockout in 2019. While still held in high regard, the momentum of Gillespie as an undefeated superstar was officially destroyed by that soul-taking head kick from Lee.

While previously fighting at least twice a year before that, the knockout would cause ‘The Gift’ to take almost a year and a half off before facing Diego Ferreira in what was a close fight, but one that ended favorably for Gillespie as he’d win via ground and pound TKO.

Now, it’s been over a year since that fight. Making Gillespie having fought a single time in an almost two and a half year period.

According to the man himself, an RDA, Beneil Dariush, or Michael Chandler fight seems to be most favorable. But as of now, there’s nothing concrete as to who Gregor Gillespie will face next.

Who do you want to see ‘The Gift’ face next?

Kevin Lee Wants Donald Trump To Pick His Next Opponent

Kevin Lee Donald TrumpKevin Lee has revealed he would like Donald Trump to pick the next opponent he will face in Eagle FC. Following on from his unanimous decision victory over Diego Sanchez at Eagle FC 46 the former UFC fighter revealed he wants Trump to be involved when it comes to finding him his next challenge. Lee […]

Kevin Lee Donald Trump

Kevin Lee has revealed he would like Donald Trump to pick the next opponent he will face in Eagle FC.

Following on from his unanimous decision victory over Diego Sanchez at Eagle FC 46 the former UFC fighter revealed he wants Trump to be involved when it comes to finding him his next challenge. Lee was able to secure the victory over Sanchez despite sustaining damage to his knee that he suffered within the first round.

Lee then caught viewers off guard during his post-fight interview in which he would reveal his interest in having Donald Trump involved.

“I hear Donald Trump is starting to get back into promoting,” Lee stated. “So, it would be fun if he picked the next opponent.”

Trump has had experience within the fight industry previously. The 45th U.S. President owned a large amount of equity stake in Affliction Entertainment who hosted multiple MMA events. Trump himself would appear at some of these events and promote them during the promotion short stay from 2008-2009.

If Lee is correct and Donald Trump is making a return to the MMA world, it will be interesting to see where he ends up at.

Kevin Lee: ‘I’m The Best 165er Out Here’

Kevin Lee was able to secure himself a successful debut victory over Diego Sanchez at Eagle FC 46 despite suffering an injury and it seems this victory has boosted ‘The Motown Phenom’s confidence by some way. Following on from his win Lee used his post-fight interview to stake his claim at a shot for the title.

“There’s no doubt, I’m the best 165er out here,” Lee stated. “The best guy for anyone who wants to weigh 165.” (Transcribed by Middleeasy.com)

Given the birth of the new 165lbs division it may not be long before Kevin Lee obtains the first chance to secure the Eagle FC super lightweight title and deliver on his promise of being the best.

Were you impressed with Kevin Lee’s performance at Eagle FC 46?

Kevin Lee Defeats Diego Sanchez Via Unanimous Decision- Eagle FC 46 Highlights

Kevin LeeKevin Lee and Diego Sanchez went toe to toe in their Eagle FC debuts. Lee was able to beat Sanchez via unanimous decision in a very competitive fight. Diego Sanchez came out of the gates ready to throw down with Kevin Lee. Sanchez invested in leg kicks and body kicks early in the fight. ‘The […]

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Kevin Lee and Diego Sanchez went toe to toe in their Eagle FC debuts. Lee was able to beat Sanchez via unanimous decision in a very competitive fight.

Diego Sanchez came out of the gates ready to throw down with Kevin Lee. Sanchez invested in leg kicks and body kicks early in the fight. ‘The Motown Phenom’ was able to maintain distance with his striking and dictate where the fight took place throughout the first round.

‘The Nightmare’s investment in leg kicks paid off as Lee’s lead leg was compromised throughout the fight. The leg kicks forced Lee to switch stances in the second round.

Lee was able to overcome the adversity and was able to power through for a win in a competitive fight. Sanchez looked much better than he had in prior fights.

Kevin Lee Speaks On The Controversy Surrounding Joe Rogan

Ex-UFC Veteran Kevin Lee has shared his dislike for the surge of negativity against Joe Rogan in the media. Lee will debut at Eagle FC on March 11 against Diego Sanchez in a catchweight bout. The match follows his recent, sudden release from the UFC. There were some hardships that led up to Lee’s release…

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Ex-UFC Veteran Kevin Lee has shared his dislike for the surge of negativity against Joe Rogan in the media.

Lee will debut at Eagle FC on March 11 against Diego Sanchez in a catchweight bout. The match follows his recent, sudden release from the UFC.

There were some hardships that led up to Lee’s release from the promotion. USADA gave him a 6-month suspension for the use of Adderall weeks prior. In addition, leading up to the end of his UFC career, he took home only one victory in his last 5 fights. The losses brought some uncertainty to his future with the promotion.

And like every other fighter in any promotion, with a loss comes criticism and hate from the public.

It is a cold world. Trolls on social media tried to tear him down after every defeat. So Kevin Lee may know, through experience, how Joe Rogan feels at the moment.

Following accusations of spreading COVID-19 misinformation on his podcast and videos showing him using racially insensitive language, many have called for The Joe Rogan Experience to be shut down and taken off of Spotify.

In Rogan’s defense, he claims his words were taken out of context. Kevin Lee admits to having a similar experience because social media has also misconstrued his words in the past as well.

“Sometimes I hate being on social media. Sometimes I hate communicating with people because it can always be taken out of context. So it’s like, maybe I should just do actions and not say anything. Even though that’s not where we want to be either. You got a voice, it’s worth something. It’s not always worth something bad, especially if you don’t have no ill intention behind it,” Lee explained in an interview with Middle Easy.

Joe Rogan Vs. “Cancel Culture”

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Joe Rogan, Photo Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Times are rough for Joe Rogan at the moment, and it doesn’t help that his podcast also has long-standing accusations of transphobic comments and spreading misinformation about the community.

No matter how much Joe Rogan apologizes for certain behaviors, it seems much of the public cannot be pleased. And Kevin Lee, among others, has spoken out in his defense.

Lee blames the “culture” for the negative spotlight on Rogan.

“One day maybe we’ll figure out a way to solve these types of issues. But one thing we can’t do is turn our back on each other, even when you do like make little mistakes or slip up. That comes in everybody’s life. At some point, I’m going to say some dumb sh*t. I have said some dumb sh*t. It’s real easy for people to write people off. I think that’s just a f*cked up way to be. It’s just a f*cked up culture,” Lee continued to say.

“Cancel culture” has taken aim at the careers of many. One prime example is Gina Carrano, who claims she was ‘canceled’ when she was removed from LucasFilm after using social media to voice some of her political opinions.

Many UFC fans missed Joe Rogan at UFC 271. And according to Dana White, he could have been there.

The absence produced many questions and sparked a debate: Was it because of scheduling conflicts, or is the recent controversy at fault?

What are your thoughts on Kevin Lee’s opinion of the Joe Rogan controversy?

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Kevin Lee Claims He’s Making More In Eagle FC Than Some UFC Champs

Kevin LeeFormer UFC interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee made quite the admission ahead of his Eagle FC debut against Diego Sanchez. Lee is slated to return to MMA at EFC 46 against Sanchez, in a matchup of two UFC castaways. Both fighters were let go by the promotion in 2021 after long but complicated tenures […]

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Former UFC interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee made quite the admission ahead of his Eagle FC debut against Diego Sanchez.

Lee is slated to return to MMA at EFC 46 against Sanchez, in a matchup of two UFC castaways. Both fighters were let go by the promotion in 2021 after long but complicated tenures with the UFC.

Lee lost four of his last five fights with the promotion before parting ways. He was quickly picked up by Eagle FC at the lead of Khabib Nurmagomedov.

But Lee isn’t only looking to prove the UFC doubters wrong, he’ll allegedly be making a lot of money doing so.

Kevin Lee Claims He’ll Out-Make Some UFC Champions

During a recent interview with MMA Junkie Radio, Lee spoke about his tenure in the UFC and talked about his contract with Eagle FC.

“We know that the best fighters aren’t always in the UFC,” Lee said. “There are some guys out in Russia that will beat the f*ck out of you, so my competitiveness in me just drives me to be even better than them – and that’s just a never-ending process. It’s not like now I can chill, now I’m making a bunch of money, now I can go out there and just have fun. No – this is a fight. This is a fight for your life at the end of the day.

“People lose their life doing this type of sh*t, so the competitor in me is still up there and still driving. I’m making a bunch of money, though. That’s the part I’m not upset about. My contract will make more than most UFC champions see, so that part is kind of nice. But the competitor in me still thinks it’s the same game. … I’m going to make more than UFC champions in my first fight, so we’re having fun.”

Many fighters including Lee have weighed in on the fighter pay issue and more specifically, how athletes are treated for their extensive efforts. UFC stars like Francis Ngannou and Jorge Masvidal have been two of the most prominent critics of the UFC’s current pay model.

If Lee’s claims are true, then it’s quite alarming. This could fuel the fire behind the potential of a UFC fighter union happening in the future.

What is your reaction to Kevin Lee’s comments?

Kevin Lee Believes UFC Release Was Reprisal For Francis Ngannou Contract Fall Out?

Kevin LeeFormer interim UFC lightweight title challenger, Kevin Lee believes that his recent release from the UFC was retaliation from the promotion for their current quarrel with heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou – with both represented by management firm, CAA and agent, Marquel Martin. Back in November of last year, Kevin Lee, a one-time interim lightweight title […]

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Former interim UFC lightweight title challenger, Kevin Lee believes that his recent release from the UFC was retaliation from the promotion for their current quarrel with heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou – with both represented by management firm, CAA and agent, Marquel Martin.

Back in November of last year, Kevin Lee, a one-time interim lightweight title challenger, was informed of his immediate release from the organization, with his manager and agent, Marquel, explaining that the Michigan native still retained multiple fights on his contract at the time of it’s termination.

Lee, who was issued a NSAC suspension in July for failure to disclose Adderral use, or seek a therapeutic-use exemption to treat ADHD, had returned to the welterweight limit that month in a unanimous decision defeat to Daniel Rodriguez. 

In the time since, Kevin Lee penned a multi-fight deal to compete under the Khabib Nurmagomedov-led Eagle FC banner. And is expected to make his promotional bow in a March 11. main event bout against fellow UFC alum, Diego Sanchez at the light welterweight limit of 165lbs

However, speaking with MMA Junkie ahead of his promotional bow, Kevin Lee maintained that he was not surprised by his release from the UFC, but a piece of him believes his contract termination came as a form of retaliation for heavyweight champion, Ngannou’s current, and longstanding contract dispute with Dana White outfit.

“To say I was surprised – no, not really,” Kevin Lee said. “I know the back end and all the stuff that goes behind closed doors. They (the UFC) really showed me no respect toward the end. I feel like I ate a lot of flak for guys like Francis Ngannou in his situation with them. They used me as kind of a pawn and a scapegoat. And really, I hope other fighters kind of see that. That’s what they do to you.”

“They didn’t like the way negotiations was handled with Francis, so they took it out on me to kind of show (CAA) a lesson, but I think in the end, we’re going to show that you can’t necessarily treat people like this, and there’s many other ways to make money and kind of outshine them,” Kevin Lee said. “So we’re going to beat them one way or the other.”

For Ngannou, the Batie native, who is also represented by CAA and the aforenoted, Martin, completed his contractual obligations of eight fights with the promotion back at UFC 270 last weekend, however, is set to be subject to a ‘champions clause’ in his contract, which would tie him to the UFC for the period of a year, or three further fights – whichever comes first. 

Prior and after his successful title unification win over Ciryl Gane last Saturday, Ngannou voiced his displeasure with the lack of freedom found in a contract with the UFC, as he attempts to set up a boxing match against current WBC champion, Tyson Fury.