UFC Vegas 26 features an exciting lightweight bout of Gregor Gillespie vs Diego Ferreira. Both fighters have some serious grappling skills along with the necessary striking acumen and they put on exciting fights every time they enter the octagon.
This fight will mark the much-anticipated return of Gregor Gillespie. Since the devastating knockout against Kevin Lee, Gregor Gilespie has been scheduled to fight Brad Riddell once. But, that fight was canceled due to COVID protocols.
On the other hand, Diego Ferreira is coming off a loss against Beneil Dariush. Though he put on a solid performance the outcome did not go in his favor in the last fight. So both Gilespie and Ferreira will be looking to get back on the win column with this fight. But, who will get his hands raised at UFC Vegas 26?
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Gregor Gillespie vs Diego Ferreira Stats
Wins/Losses- 17/3 (10 finishes)
Height/Reach- 5’9/ 74 inches
Striking accuracy- 37%
Grappling accuracy- 27%
Wins/Losses- 13/1 (11 finishes)
Height/Reach- 5’11/ 71 inches
Striking accuracy- 49%
Grappling accuracy- 48%
Gregor Gillespie vs Diego Ferreira Prediction
Gregor Gillespie vs Diego Ferreira has the potential to be the fight of the night at UFC Vegas 26. Both are impressive when it comes to the ground game. While Gregor Gillespie is one of the most accomplished wrestlers in the division Diego Ferriera is a skilled grappler on the ground.
When it comes to striking, Gillespie will have an advantage over Ferreira. But, Diego Ferreira is durable, tough and he can fight at a high pace for three rounds. His last fight against Beneil Dariush is a perfect example of that. Besides that, Ferreira has a significant reach advantage but it’s unlikely that he will be able to use that advantage fully.
Diego Ferreira would like to make it a dog fight on the feet and take the fight to the ground, later on, to pick up a submission victory. However, taking down Gregor Gillespie won’t be an easy task for Ferreira.
Gregor Gillespie himself is one of the best grapplers in the division. In fact, before the Kevin Lee knockout, many fans believed that he could give a tough challenge to the former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. That just goes to show how good he is on the ground.
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This fight is very unlikely to be finished with a submission or a knockout. Both Gillespie and Ferreira are very intelligent when the fight goes to the ground. Normally, Gillespie does not get caught in positions where he is vulnerable to submission attempts and that will be the key against Diego Ferreira.
Gregor Gillespie can take down Diego Ferreira and control him on the ground while avoiding the submissions. But the biggest issue for Gillespie is going to be his inactivity. Gillespie last competed in the octagon in November 2019 at UFC 244. On the other hand, Diego Ferreira has been more active comparatively. And this will play a factor in the fight. However, Gregor Gillespie still should get the job done and pick up a decision win over Diego Ferreira.
Gregor Gillespie vs Diego Ferreira prediction: Gregor Gillespie via decision