Gillespie has decided to, in his words, “play the game” by calling out former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis for a 155-pound bout at UFC 244, which is scheduled to be held at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2.
The 32-year-old Long Island native, who is coming off an impressive second-round TKO win over Yancy Medeiros in January, took to his Instagram account with a respectful callout of Pettis:
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So for the last 6 fights everyone has been pressuring and annoying me to call someone out....I never wanted to but it looks like I am going to have to play the game...I want my first “call out” to count so...... @showtimepettis I think you are a great fighter, but you are in the wrong weight class, come back down to 155 and meet me at MSG on November 2. @arielhelwani @danawhite @showtimepettis @ufc @seanshelby
“So for the last six fights everyone has been pressuring and annoying me to call someone out. I never wanted to, but I think it’s time to play the game. I want my first call out to count, so ‘Showtime’ Pettis, although I think you’re a great fighter, I think it’s time to go back to 155 and meet me at MSG Nov. 2. What do you say?”
Pettis is coming off a one-sided unanimous decision loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 241 earlier this month in a fight where he injured his foot, but later stated that it would not require surgery.