An exciting lightweight fight is headed to UFC Brooklyn for their debut card on ESPN+ in January. According to a report from Newsday, Gregor Gillespie will face Yancy Medeiros on January 19 at the Barclays Center. The Long Island native Gillespie will be looking to improve his 12-0 (5-0 UFC) record against Medeiros who is making his return to the lightweight division.
In his last fight, Gillespie finished Vinc Pichel with a second-round submission back in June and has had finishes in four of his five fights in the UFC. Gillespie also has two first-round knockouts, including a 21 second knockout over Andrew Holbrook at UFC 210.
Returning to the lightweight division after a 3-1 run in the welterweight division, Yancy Medeiros will look to bounce back from a loss to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone back in February 2018. During his time in the welterweight division, Medeiros earned wins over the likes of Alex Oliveira and Erick Spencer, but now returns to a division where he had big fights against previous opponents like Dustin Poirier. In his last lightweight fight, Medeiros lost by unanimous decision to Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 198.
While the matchup doesn’t feature either fighter as ranked, whoever comes out the winner could find themselves inside the top 15 rankings of a very talented and deep lightweight division.
This will be the first event of UFC’s partnership with ESPN and will air on the ESPN+ app. The main event will feature flyweight champion Henry Cejudo taking on bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw in what will be Cejudo’s first flyweight title defense, while Dillashaw looks to become a two-division champion.
Here is the UFC Brooklyn (ESPN+) card:
- Gregor Gillespie vs Yancy Medeiros
- Joseph Benavidez vs Dustin Ortiz
- Donald Cerrone vs Alex Hernandez
- Geoff Neal vs Belal Muhammad
- Alonzo Menifield vs Vinicius Moreira
- Randy Brown vs Chance Rencountre
- Joanne Calderwood vs Ariane Lipski
- Allen Crowder vs Greg Hardy
- Glover Teixeira vs Ion Cutelaba
- Rachael Ostovich vs Paige VanZant
- T.J. Dillashaw (bantamweight champion) vs Henry Cejudo (flyweight championship)