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Gillian Robertson Looking to De-Rail Another Hype Train

You will know her as soon as she steps into the Octagon with her trademark red hair. Gillian Robertson is known as “The Savage” and she got to show off the reason why in her last fight against Molly McCann. Robertson looks to give us another lesson on why she’s a savage inside the octagon at UFC São Paulo this weekend as she takes on Contender Series signee Mayra Bueno Silva.

Gillian actually had humble beginnings in her MMA career. “I actually just started with a cardio fitness women’s kickboxing class at a local gym when I was sixteen.” Now she’s in the top fighting promotion in the world. “I really have no clue what drove me to take that class in the first place. But for some reason, I just wanted to try it. It was at Din Thomas’ school, who is still my current coach. I just started off at the right place.”


I would say so. Din Thomas, who just gave welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, his jiu jitsu black belt a couple weeks ago at UFC 228, is a good coach to start under. A little more on her cardio kickboxing days, Gillian had this to say, “Yeah, it was a typical cardio kickboxing class filled with middle aged moms and then me. They had MMA classes there as well so I ended up trying those out after two or three months of doing the cardio kickboxing.”

Her last fight was under tremendous pressure. “Meatball” Molly McCann was the darling of Cage Warriors, the premier league for European talent which has produced talents such as Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping, Gegard Mousassi and more. McCann was 7-1 and a lot of fans saw Robertson as a sacrificial lamb for McCann’s UFC arrival. “The Savage” had other plans. She went in and dominated McCann and choked her out in the second round. “It feels absolutely amazing, especially going against someone like Molly, who is the Cage Warriors champion. She was 7-1 and a tough opponent. To be able to go in there and derail that hype train is just an unreal feeling.”

End the end, Robertson knew her capabilities and was confident in getting the rear naked choke when she got the fight to the ground. “The rear naked choke is probably my strongest submission. I feel like I can get it from anywhere. It’s definitely something I’m always looking for. I feel like I have a million different ways to finish the fight on the ground so I’m just always hunting and looking for the submission.”

Unfortunately for Gillian Robertson, Din Thomas wasn’t able to make it to her corner, but she will have Jose “Shorty” Torres, who we’ve previously interviewed, in her corner for her fight in São Paulo. Regardless, it’s all business as usual for Robertson, regardless of the short notice for the fight. “I got [this fight] two weeks ago and I haven’t had a lot of time to prepare for it. But, it’s just business as usual, I’m just going in there to get my finish. I’m not going in there just to mess around. Get in and out with as little damage as possible.”

Robertson’s opponent comes off of being signed on Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil, where the company is putting in a lot of promotion to the fighters. She was signed a little over two weeks ago and already is on a UFC event with a quick turn around. “The Savage” ain’t worried about no hype.

“It’s going to be a rough welcoming to the UFC for her.”

UFC 229, the hype commences

This past week we had the press conference. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor finally faced off. The conference was bizarre and wild just as expected. Here are Gillian’s thoughts on the upcoming title fight: “That’s a tough one. I feel like that fight can go drastically either way. It can either be a quick knockout, or it can be Khabib holding him down beating the crap out of him. I can’t see that going the distance but I feel like it’s going to be total domination one way or the other.”

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