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Gillian Robertson cements herself in UFC history


Photo: Gillian Robertson weighs in. Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

At UFC Fight Night Blaydes vs. Volkov, Flyweight Gillian Robertson set the record for the most submission finishes by a woman fighter in UFC history.

With only 28 seconds left in the third round, Robertson was able to secure a rear-naked choke on No. 15, Cortney Casey. With this victory, Robertson moved to 8-4 overall and 5-2 in the UFC. All five of these wins came from finishes.

However, this submission win was perhaps the most significant of all; Robertson’s performance on Saturday led to her dethroning UFC legend Ronda Rousey, the previous holder for the most submission finishes in women’s UFC history.

“So, now to see that I have the most submissions in women’s UFC history, it is mind blowing,” Robertson told UFC Canada on Twitter. “It’s just the beginning of my career, I’m going to set that record and I’m going to push it even further so no one can break it.”

Robertson’s win over Casey also marked the first time that she wasn’t able to put away her opponent in the first or second round of a UFC bout. Rear-naked chokes and armbars seem to be Robertson’s weapons of choice on the ground. The Rear-naked choke is what she used to take down Casey at the previous Fight Night.

Although rare for a submission to come late in the final round, Robertson was able to pull it off in the nick of time.

“I guess it was not exactly how I planned it to go,” Robertson said in the post-fight press conference. “I’d like to end it a little sooner, be able to do a little more damage, but in the end, I still got the results I wanted.”

In addition to Rousey, Robertson also passed No. 2-ranked Strawweight Rose Namajunas. Namajunas is the former Strawweight champion and has beat some of the best fighters in the world. To advance beyond two legendary fighters in such a short amount of time is nothing short of astonishing, and it is in this reporter's opinion that Robertson has made herself a name in UFC and MMA history.  

Among Robertson’s impressive feats on Saturday was yet another impressive shift in the UFC status quo where she became the first Canadian to win a UFC fight at the APEX in Las Vegas, NV.

“I am definitely proud of that,” Robertson said in the post-fight press conference. “I would have loved for it to be in front of Canada…but no matter what, I am happy to have the win.”

Robertson was originally scheduled to fight in her home country, but COVID-19 prevented her from being able to do so. In fact, the Flyweight was supposed to get into the cage in her home town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan against Talia Santos. Luckily for her, she was still able to get in the Octagon and add a tally to the win column.

“I’m here to fight,” Robertson said in the post-fight press conference. “I’m here to scrap. This is what I love to do. This is what I was born to do and I’m here to do it.”

Although there are no hard plans for her to come back this summer, she said in the post-fight press conference that she is ready for anyone at any time in the future. 

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