Gillian Robertson talks move to strawweight and upcoming UFC Kansas City fight

Gillian Robertson is making a change ahead of UFC Kansas City.

Since joining the UFC, Robertson has fought in the flyweight division and has been very successful within the 125 pound division as she ranks first in finishes (7), tied for first in total fights (13) and third in wins (8).

Now the first time since 2017 and the first time in her UFC career, Robertson will fight in the strawweight division.

Robertson said she typically comes into fight week already on weight and right now, just a little over a week before her upcoming fight, she weighs 126 pounds. Therefore, she felt the move down to 115 pounds makes sense.

If things don’t work with the weight cut and if Robertson doesn’t feel good at the weight, she’ll definitely move back up to flyweight, but she is expecting to come out and make a statement at strawweight and making that her new home.

Obviously her confidence is high and that’s for good reason.

At the very end of 2022, Robertson competed in a grabbling match against former two-time UFC strawweight champ Rose Namajunas and Robertson only need 65 seconds to submit the former champ.

While MMA has more elements to the fight game, the grappling win over Namajunas makes Robertson feel like she can make deep run in the strawweight division.

In fact, if Robertson gets the win at UFC Kansas City, she plans on making a big call out against a ranked strawweight fighter. She doesn’t have know who she’s going to call out yet, but on fight week she plans on taking a deep look at the top 10 and 15 fighters in the division and pick out who she wants to call out.

Prior to fight night, Robertson spoke with MyMMANews in detail about her decision to move to strawweight, her UFC Kansas City matchup against Piera Rodriguez, her grappling win over Namajunas and her last UFC fight in which she submitted Mariya Agapova.

You can watch her full interview in the video above.

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John Eric Poli