Alex Gilpin has faced some of the toughest competition in mixed martial arts and believes he can compete with any featherweight on this planet. He gets to fight some of the best in the world when he makes his PLF debut this month.
“At the end of the day, the main objective is to win.”
After a successful Contender Series debut, Gilpin was waiting for his chance to prove that he’s one of the best featherweights in the world. However, the last-minute UFC call never came, leaving him without a fight.
Although UFC was the goal, it’s no longer the priority and he gets his shot at becoming a millionaire with the PFL this season. Gilpin’s upcoming bout may be his most high profile fight to date, however, he’s ready to showcase that he’s been a high-level fighter. Alex is one of the best to blend the arts together, he just needed the platform to prove it.
After recovering from an injury, Gilpin refocused his attention to becoming a world champion and he looks to rack up points to earn his top spot in this year’s PFL featherweight tournament. The Professional Fighters League has a point system that allows fighters to determine their ranking in a playoff bracket for the championship. “It makes it a real professional sport. I’m surprised no other organization is doing it,” said Gilpin. They have a regular season like most sports, so fighters do get their off-season rest.
PFL recently signed a deal with ESPN and now Gilpin’s has the opportunity to really make a statement in his debut, originally being listed as an alternate. Gilpin credits his record and experience in PFL’s decision to make him a part of the official tournament.
When Alex signed his contract, there was no opponent attached. “You get who you draw,” said Gilpin. In his debut, the Chosen Few Gym prospect drew the returning champion and first ever PFL featherweight title holder, Lance Palmer.
If you ask Gilpin, he wouldn’t want it any other way. “He’s decent everywhere but I feel he’s the perfect matchup for me,” said Gilpin. “He’s [Palmer] is a great wrestler and he’s tough on top.” Regardless, Alex is confident that the he will get the finish by KO or submission come May 23rd.
Alex Gilpin’s road to becoming PFL featherweight champion begins at PFL 2 inside the Nassau Coliseum. Make sure to tune in during the regular season and playoffs on ESPN+.
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