Top highlights of Alex Gilpin’s rise in MMA

Alex Gilpin, 27, fighting out of Madison, Wisconsin, has accomplished much in his MMA career thus far. Gilpin is the #1 ranked pro featherweight in the U.S. midwest region, #1 ranked pro featherweight from Wisconsin and the #4 ranked pro featherweight in the United States, per Tapology. 

Over the years, Gilpin has managed to rack up 12 professional wins, a featherweight world championship, and most recently, a spot on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. 

Let’s take a look at some of the top highlights from Gilpin’s career:

1. On January 31, 2015, Gilpin made his professional debut against Kendrick Terry in Chosen Few Fighting Championships. Gilpin defeated Terry inside one round, finishing him by Brabo Choke, (RD 1, 4:18).

Gilpin would go on to win four consecutive fights before dropping a controversial split decision to RFA’s Dan Moret in July of 2016. Although Gilpin made a very quick turn around and fought 3 months later. 

2. On October 1, 2016, Gilpin made his return to Chosen Few Fighting Championships, where he fought Morgan Sickinger in a title eliminator bout. He dispatched of Sickinger inside the first round, winning by TKO, (RD1, 4:22).

Afterwards, Gilpin was offered a chance to fight for the CFFC’s featherweight title. Gilpin accepted and was then scheduled to fight Jose Pacheco for the belt in January of 2017. Another quick turn-around for Gilpin. 

3. On January 14th, 2017, Alex Gilpin fought Jose Pacheco for the CFFC’s featherweight title. Gilpin and Pacheco fought through 3 tough rounds until Gilpin caught Pacheco with a swift overhand right, early into the fourth round. Gilpin would go on to win the fight by fourth-round TKO, claiming the CFFC featherweight title. 

Since then, Gilpin has defended his featherweight title twice under the promotion. 

4. In his second title defense, Gilpin fought undefeated prospect Brandon Apfel. Gilpin managed to finish Apfel inside the first round, securing an Anaconda Choke, (RD1, 1:24).

After that, Gilpin bounced around to different fight promotions and racked up a couple more wins. Although his biggest fight yet was about to arrive. 

5. On August 7th, 2018, Gilpin fought undefeated prospect J.R. Coughran on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Gilpin had a rather impressive performance, finishing Coughran by second-round submission, (Brabo Choke, 1:55).

Although neither Gilpin or Coughran won a UFC contract, the fight was an absolute war. Gilpin is a highly skilled, dangerous competitor when he’s inside the cage and his story is still being written.

The Chosen Few Gym prospect will be making his Professional Fighters League debut on May 23, 2019 for the promotion’s second season and Alex’s most high-profile fight yet. Gilpin will be fighting in the main event, against PFL’s Season 1 featherweight champion, Lance Palmer.

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