Date: Sunday 28th January, 1am (UK)
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Venue: Spectrum Center
These two up-and-coming lightweights only have five UFC fights between them but they are already beginning to make waves in a stacked division. Jordan Rinaldi welcomes Gregor Gillespie to the state he grew up in to put his unbeaten record to the test.
Rinaldi arrived to the UFC 12-4 but experienced the step-up in competition when he met Abel Trujillo for his UFC debut. He was outclassed on the night and was gutted that he didn’t get to show off his full talent and array of skills. However, he certainly made amends in his next fight - submitting Alvaro Herrera with a magnificent Von Flue choke which has earned him a clash with another exciting lightweight.
Gillespie is on an absolute tear, unbeaten with eight finishes and goes into this fight with a stunning knockout at UFC 210 over Andrew Holbrook and an unforgettable fight with Jason Gonzalez in which he ended a war by cinching in an arm-triangle.
So, we should expect an exciting fight with two young guns eager to make a name for themselves. The key stat is the average takedowns of Gillespie who will rely on his NCAA Division 1 calibre Wrestling if Rinaldi gets the better of him on the feet.
See below for the statistical breakdown:
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.