UFC FN 131: Gregor Gillespie on Why “I Don’t Really Care About a Ranking”
By FCF Staff
Gregor Gillespie continues to surge towards a top 15 ranking in the UFC, but the rising lightweight says he’s not concerned about that.
The former, four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler has gone 11-0 in MMA bouts so far, and 4-0 in the Octagon to date. Tonight, Gillespie will take on Vinc Pichel at UFC FN 131 in Utica, New Jersey.
Recently the 31 year-old spoke to UFC.com about his impressive run thus far in the sport, and while doing so, Gillespie said this:
“I don’t really care about a ranking,” Gillespie said. “I just care about winning the fight that’s in front of me, and I care about winning for my friends and my fans, especially when I’m at home. I care about that they’re there and that they get to see me do something that I love. But the ranking doesn’t mean anything to me because a lot of these guys talk their way into a ranking. I think a lot of the time, rankings are a popularity contest. I do like to think that I’m popular, but I’ll never be like a Conor McGregor or Colby Covington. They do a great job of being the villain and s**t talking, and I get it, but I’m just not good at that and I’m not gonna pretend to be.”
“And I haven’t beaten anyone ranked yet, so I don’t expect to be (in the top 15). I guess if someone gave me a ranking, I would argue that I don’t deserve it, that I haven’t consistently beaten guys that are in or around the top 15.”
Pichel (11-1), meanwhile, has won four straight since he was stopped by Rustam Khabilov in 2012.