After his TKO loss at UFC Vegas 26, what’s next for Diego Ferreira?

Entering 2021, one of the hottest names in the UFC‘s lightweight division was Diego Ferreira (17-4). Ferreira entered the year having won six fights in a row including a finish over former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

In his career, Ferreira had only been defeated by Dustin Poirier and Beneil Dariush. That alone showed people just how good Ferreira was. Back in February, he had his first UFC appearance of the year.

He took on Beneil Dariush in a rematch. Unfortunately for Ferreira, their second fight went a lot like their first. Dariush was able to get the better of the grappling and ended up winning a decision.

Ferreira wanted to get right back in there and the promotion offered him a spot at UFC Vegas 26. He was offered a fight against Gregor Gillespie (14-1) in a big matchup of top fifteen contenders.

Ferreira took the fight and in the first round on Saturday, he looked very good. He was able to hurt Gillespie and get the better of some of the exchanges. However, by the second round, Gillespie started to break him.

One thing leading into last weekend is the fact that Ferreira missed weight by over four pounds. A horrific miss heading into UFC Vegas 26. Ultimately in the second round, Gillespie got the TKO victory. So Ferreira had to give up 30% of his purse and he suffered a TKO loss.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 26?

As mentioned, Ferreira rode into the year on the highest of highs. Had he defeated Dariush in February, he could’ve been in the co-headlining spot against Tony Ferguson this weekend at UFC 262.

Instead, Ferreira has lost two in a row and now he’s on the verge of falling out of the UFC’s top fifteen. With that, what should the promotion do with him next? Well for that, I look to UFC 263.

At UFC 263, there’s a lightweight contest between Drew Dober (23-10) and Brad Riddell (9-1). I think a fight with Ferreira and either the winner or the loser makes a lot of sense given their status in the division.

Another fight that could make sense for Ferreira is a matchup with Al Iaquinta (14-6-1). Iaquinta hasn’t fought since 2019, but he’s in a similar spot as Ferreira. Perhaps that’s a matchup the UFC could look at next.

After big TKO win at UFC Vegas 26, what’s next for Gregor Gillespie?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 26, Gregor Gillespie (14-1) made his return after an extensive layoff. Gillespie hadn’t fought since the night of the BMF title fight which took place in November of 2019.

It didn’t appear that there were injuries that Gillespie was dealing with, but he spent some time outside of the cage to improve. At UFC Vegas 26, he had a tough test in front of him in Diego Ferreira (17-4).

Ferreira had only lost to Beneil Dariush and Dustin Poirier in his career. In his last appearances, Ferreira lost to Dariush for the second time so you knew that he was hungry coming into UFC Vegas 26.

One thing about this fight was the weight. Ferreira came in over four pounds over the lightweight limit. Gillespie earned 30% of his purse for accepting the fight and he wasn’t about to let the extra weight get in the way of his UFC return.

The first round was a very good round. There were a lot of scrambles and Ferreira had some success landing big shots on Gillespie. At times, it didn’t look great for the return of Gregor Gillespie.

However, Gillespie was able to turn the fight around in the second round. Gillespie used his pace and his grappling to get in a dominant position and he got the TKO victory over Diego Ferreira at UFC Vegas 26.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 26?

With that victory on Saturday, Gillespie is now 7-1 in the UFC with six of his wins coming by finish. He’s now ranked 12th in the lightweight division. Now that he’s made his successful return, what’s next for Gillespie.

Well, I think the UFC should put him up against the guy directly in front of him in the rankings. That lightweight contender is Islam Makhachev (19-1). Makhachev has won seven fights in a row and looks like a future lightweight champion.

He’s 8-1 in the UFC with four finishes. Both of these men are elite grapplers and both are looking to take that next step towards title contention. A matchup between the two would give us that contender.

UFC Vegas 26 Preview: Gregor Gillespie – Diego Ferreira

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC Vegas 26, we will see a lightweight showdown between two top 15 contenders. Diego Ferreira (17-3) will look to bounce back as he takes on ‘The Gift’ Gregor Gillespie (13-1).

One thing to note about this contest tomorrow is the fact that Ferreira missed weight. The fighters took to the scales today and Ferreira missed weight badly coming in at 160.5 pounds. 4.5 pounds over the lightweight limit.

The UFC announced that Ferreira would be giving up 30% of his purse and the fight goes on. The last time we saw Ferreira was in February when he took on Beneil Dariush. It was the second time the two men had faced off in the UFC and Dariush won both times.

That loss for Ferreira snapped a six-fight win streak. Prior to that, Ferreira had defeated former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in early 2020. The only two men to defeat Ferreira in his career is Dariush and top contender Dustin Poirier.

Gregor Gillespie is looking to join that list tomorrow night. This is the first time that we are seeing Gillespie in the UFC since his knockout loss to Kevin Lee that took place at UFC 244 in 2019.

Prior to that loss, Gillespie had dominated every opponent he faced inside the octagon. Gillespie is one of the best pure wrestlers in the lightweight division and he’s going to try and use that tomorrow night.

UFC Vegas 26 Prediction

The missed weight for Diego Ferreira adds in a new aspect to this matchup at UFC Vegas 26. You had to know going into this fight that Gillespie is going to look to push the pace early and engage in the grappling.

That’s what Beneil Dariush did and it worked well against Ferreira. I believe that Gillespie has improved striking, but there’s no questioning as to where he wants this fight to take place. Now, Ferreira does have very good submissions as seven of his career wins have come via submission.

However, I’m not sure how he’ll do if he’s on the bottom against someone like Gillespie. The hard weight cut and the pressure from Gillespie might be too much at UFC Vegas 26. If Ferreira wins tomorrow, I think it’s because he pulls off a submission from his back.

I think Gregor Gillespie is going to get this fight to the mat. His wrestling and strength is just too good and I expect him to land takedowns. How Ferreira responds will be the key. He almost locked up Dariush a few times, and he can catch Gillespie if he’s sloppy. However, I don’t see it happening.

Prediction: Gregor Gillespie by Unanimous Decision

UFC books Gregor Gillespie – Diego Ferreira

The UFC has finalized a matchup between two top fifteen lightweights. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report that the promotion was finalizing a matchup between Gregor Gillespie (13-1) and Diego Ferreira (17-3).

The matchup will take place in a few weeks at a UFC Fight Night on May 8th. For Gillespie, this will be his first matchup since November of 2019. Gillespie was supposed to fight a couple of weeks ago, however, due to COVID issues with the opposing corner, the fight was called off.

Gillespie wanted to get rebooked as soon as possible given how long he’s been off. The UFC went to work and found Gillespie a top fifteen opponent in Diego Ferreira.

The last time we saw Gillespie was at UFC 244 when he took on Kevin Lee. That fight was a big step up for Gillespie and it was looked at as his first big challenge inside the octagon. Gillespie had a perfect 13-0 record overall including six wins inside the octagon heading into that matchup.

Of course, we all have seen how that fight turned out. Kevin Lee scored a highlight reel knockout over Gillespie at UFC 244. Gillespie is itching to get back on track towards the top ten and Diego Ferreira is a great place to start.

UFC bounce back for Ferreira

Quietly, Diego Ferreira has been one of the better lightweights in the UFC since he made his debut back in 2014. Since he made his debut, Ferreira has gone 7-3 inside the octagon.

However, the three losses came to Beneil Darius (twice) and Dustin Poirier. The last time we saw Ferreira was back in February when he had his rematch with Beneil Dariush.

Dariush was able to use his superior grappling to pickup the decision win. The loss snapped a six-fight win streak in the UFC for Ferreira. Ferreira went into that matchup coming off of a submission over former UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis.

This is a fantastic addition to the card on May 8th. Both of these lightweight contenders need a bounce back win. Whoever walks out of the cage with their hand raised is likely looking at a fringe top ten opponent next.

UFC Vegas 22 Preview: Gregor Gillespie – Brad Riddell

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 22, we will see a very intriguing matchup in the lightweight division. The 15th ranked contender at lightweight, Gregor Gillespie (13-1), will be taking on rising contender, Brad Riddell (9-1).

Gregor Gillespie is making his UFC return after being off for the last year and a half. The last time we saw Gillespie, he had his first big challenge at lightweight in the form of Kevin Lee. Gillespie had looked dominant, but taking on a former UFC title challenger was a big step up in competition.

In the end, Gillespie was flatlined by a headkick and Lee handed him his first loss. Prior to that loss, Gillespie had been 6-0 in the UFC with five of those wins coming via stoppage. Gillespie hasn’t been hurt, but he’s taken some much needed time off to improve on some things for his next run.

Standing across from him is the City Kickboxing product, Brad Riddell. Riddell is one of the best pure strikers to come out of City Kickboxing. He’s incredibly entertaining to watch and so far he’s only stumbled once in his professional career.

So far, Riddell is 3-0 with three decisions in the UFC. He’s going to be looking for his seventh straight win overall tomorrow night. If Riddell is able to win tomorrow, expect a ranking to be by his name next week.

UFC Vegas 22 Prediction

Tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 22 we are going to see that classic striker versus grappler matchup. In reality, it’s not that difficult of a fight to break down. It’s ultimately going to come down to who can execute their game plan.

Gregor Gillespie is a Division 1 national champion wrestler. He is suffocating when he gets his hands on you and it’s incredibly difficult to get him. For Gillespie, he’s going to be trying for takedowns right away tomorrow night.

On the flip side, you have Riddell. Riddell is one of the best strikers from a gym that producers sensational strikers. For him to be successful tomorrow, he’s got to keep the fight standing. If this fight is contested on the feet, Riddell should be in good shape.

Usually when you look at these matchups, they favor the wrestler. I don’t believe that UFC Vegas 22 is going to be any different. Would I be shocked to see Riddell pull off a slick KO? No, but at the end of the day, I don’t see him keeping Gillespie off of him. This fight is going to Gregor Gillespie tomorrow night.

What’s next for Diego Ferreira after UFC Vegas 18 loss?

One of the more intriguing matchups this past weekend at UFC Vegas 18 was the lightweight battle between Diego Ferreira (17-3) and Beneil Dariush (20-4-1). Both men carried winning streaks into the cage of at least five on Saturday night.

These two had previously met back at UFC 179 in 2014. That night, Dariush was able to pickup the unanimous decision victory. After that initial fight, Ferreira would go on to lose to Dustin Poirier.

However, after that loss to Poirier, Ferreira won six straight fights heading into Saturday’s rematch. That winning streak found him ranked tenth in the UFC‘s lightweight rankings. A lot of money was coming in on Ferreira prior to Saturday night.

However, the fight would go very similarly to the first matchup. While Ferreira did have some success in the fight, he was mainly neutralized by Beneil Dariush. Dariush used his superior grappling to get timely takedowns which bagged him the rounds that he needed.

After three rounds, the two went to the scorecards at UFC Vegas 18. While it seemed clear to most that Dariush won the fight, the judges were split. However, ultimately the right call was made and Dariush picked up his second victory over Diego Ferreira.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 18?

As mentioned, this loss at UFC Vegas 18 snapped a six-fight win streak for Diego Ferreira. Despite the winning streak, there had been one knock on Ferreira over the last six years and that was his activity level.

Ferreira’s loss to Dustin Poirier came back in 2015. Since the start of 2016, Ferreira has only competed in the UFC seven times which means he’s barely averaging more than one fight per year. Ferreira has dealt with injuries, but he needs to become more active.

He just turned 36 years old and if he has any title aspirations in the UFC’s lightweight division, he needs to get more active. From here, the promotion has a couple of options, but I believe they’ll match him up with someone in the top 15.

Two options for Ferreira would be Kevin Lee (18-6) and Gregor Gillespie (13-1). Both of these contenders rank outside the top ten, but they are still in the top 15. Both are also coming off of losses just like Ferreira. I believe the UFC could matchup Ferreira with either of these contenders and it’d make for a great fight.