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Get To Know UFC Professional Fighter Gillian Robertson

Born in Canada, Gillian Robertson relocated to South Florida with her parents at the age of 7. Robertson discovered cardio-kickboxing at age 16 and immediately fell in love with combat sports. After compiling an impressive amateur record of 9-1 under the tutelage of world-renowned MMA coach Din Thomas, Robertson decided to put her dream of a veterinary career on hold to become a professional MMA fighter. Making her UFC debut in December 2017, Robertson competed on the reality TV series “The Ultimate Fighter 26.” She has fought on UFC fight cards around the world including in Las Vegas, Liverpool, São Paolo, Prague and Edmonton. A competitive grappler and animal activist, Robertson and her beloved canine companion Robin currently reside in Margate.

WHO: UFC professional fighter Gillian “The Savage” Robertson

WHAT: The Ford’s Garage Aviator cocktail and the Famosa Lager paired with the “Josh Cohen Black & Bleu” burger of 1/2-pound blackened Angus, crumbled blue cheese, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce and tomato on a European pretzel bun; the Giant Funnel Tower of jumbo piston onion rings served with homemade chipotle ketchup and ranch dipping sauces; the Famous Firestone Shrimp of lightly battered fried shrimp tossed in the spicy “Boom Boom” sauce topped with scallions; and the Chicken Henry of grilled marinated chicken breast, topped with a Chardonnay lemon butter sauce, goat cheese, basil and sun-dried tomato, served with white cheddar mashed potatoes and green beans.

WHERE: Ford’s Garage Wellington, 10300 Forest Hills Blvd., Ste. 122, Wellington / 561.805.3673 / fordsgarageusa.com

When I first told my family I was going to become a professional fighter they: argued with me a lot. They couldn’t understand why their daughter, who just graduated high school with a 4.2 GPA and an associates degree with aspirations of becoming a veterinarian, wanted to drop out of college to pursue a dream of getting punched in the face for a living.

If I wasn’t traveling the world fighting for a living, I’d be: somewhere working with animals. I started volunteering with the Humane Society when I was 7. I volunteered with an equine rescue and a wildlife rescue, too. When I was little I wasn’t very good or even interested in sports like soccer. I would just sit in the middle of the soccer field and pick flowers.

I may be one of the toughest women on the planet inside of the cage, but people might be surprised to know that I’m especially sensitive when it comes to: my 12-year-old pit bull Robin. I adopted him when he was around 5 years old. He had a brother named Batman who was adopted first. Robin had been there for over a year, so I decided I had to give him a home. That’s too long for any dog to be jailed in a cage. He instantly became my shadow, and now he’s my best friend.

In an era in which women’s sports have achieved unprecedented coverage, respect and revenue, I want everyone to know that: this is just the beginning for women in this sport. It’s been crazy to see the evolution and just how fast it has grown. Unlike with other sports, in the UFC there is no “LUFC” or “WUFC.” We’re getting the same opportunities that the men are. (Former fighter) Ronda Rousey was actually getting paid more than any of the guys were.

ABOUT THE COCKTAIL: The Aviator

2 ounces Aviation gin

0.5 ounces black cherry puree

3 ounces lemonade

Combine ingredients in a dry tin, shake, pour over ice and top with 1.5 ounces soda water.Garnish with a lemon wheel, cherry and blackberry.