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A lightweight fight is the latest addition to UFC on ESPN 24.
A little more than three weeks removed from a recent fight-day bout cancellation, Gregor Gillespie has been rebooked against Diego Ferreira. The May 8 event doesn’t have any officially announced location or venue at this time.
Two people with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie on Tuesday but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. ESPN was the first to report the news.
Ferreira (17-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) had a six-fight winning streak snapped in a Feb. 6 split decision loss to Beneil Dariush. Despite losing the fight, Ferreira earned a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus for his efforts.
Gillespie (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) has not competed since his first professional loss at UFC 244 in November 2019 when he was violently knocked out by Kevin Lee via head kick.
Gillespie was scheduled to fight Brad Riddell on March 20, but the fight was canceled hours before the event when Riddell was ruled out due to COVID-19 protocols.
With the addition, the UFC on ESPN 24 lineup now includes:
Cory Sandhagen vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Donald Cerrone vs. Diego Sanchez
Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ryan Benoit
Maurice Greene vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Christian Aguilera vs. Carlston Harris
JP Buys vs. Francisco Figueredo
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Taila Santos
Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jun Yong Park
Damir Hadzovic vs. Nikolas Motta
Philipe Lins vs. Ben Rothwell
Angela Hill vs. Amanda Ribas
Diego Ferreira vs. Gregor Gillespie