Every year there are a handful of names that make an impact and show they are championship-caliber talent. In 2021 one of those names that will clearly show is his UFC championship-caliber is lightweight Mateusz Gamrot. Though Gamrot lost his UFC debut in a controversial split-decision, he is ready to move forward and never look back. The former “champ champ” of the KSW featherweight and lightweight divisions, Gamrot is set to showcase on the UFC on ABC 2 card on Saturday, April 10.
Brief Summary of KSW Run
After starting his professional career 3-0, Gamrot made his debut in KSW at KSW 23 in June 2013. Going 6-0 to start out his KSW run, Gamrot earned a vacant lightweight title shot against Mansour Barnaoui at KSW 35 in May 2016 where he won the title via unanimous decision. Defending the title three times, Gamrot battled Grzegorz Szulakowski at KSW 42 in March 2018. Gamrot won via fourth-round submission to become the organization’s first double champion. With three more successful title defenses, Gamrot moved his record to 17-0 and signed with the UFC.
Training at American Top Team
“Iron sharpens iron” and that expression firmly explains why Gamrot trains at the world-renowned American Top Team. Gamrot has trained and sparred with many of the best fighters in the game. “I have trained many times with Jorge Masvidal, Dustin Poirier Renato Moicano, and Thiago Moises have helped me a lot. Raush Manfio and many other fighters from the ATT I thank very much and I am grateful for,” Gamrot told MyMMANews.
Gamrot’s UFC debut came at UFC Fight Night Ortega vs Korean Zombie in October 2020. Gamrot took the split-decision loss to Guram Kutateladze (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). “I don’t think that I have to change a lot in my training because I don’t think that I lost my last fight. But losing on points only gave me more motivation!! Now I have even more fire and determination to dominate in The Octagon! Now I trained under The legendary Mike Brown and I’m looking forward to my fight!” stated Gamrot.
The Wave of Polish Power
With champions like Joanna Jedrejczyk and now Jan Blachowicz in the UFC, it is only a matter of time before another Polish champion is crowned in the world’s largest organization. “I am very excited to see Jan win The UFC belt. I trained with Jan many years ago. He is a great inspiration for me! He was also a KSW champion like me and I want to follow in his steps!” said Gamrot. Though Gamrot is in arguably the organization’s deepest and toughest division, there is no reason why he cannot rise to the top.
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