Polish talent Mateusz Gamrot has made some waves in his short time thus far with the UFC, picking up finishes in his last two outings, as well as Performance of the Night awards in both.
Gamrot came over to the UFC with a perfect, stunningly impressive record of 17-0, having become the KSW champ-champ at 145 and 155 lbs. This showed him become a five-time lightweight champion and a one-time featherweight champion.
Not to mention, he also placed at the ADCC Submission Wrestling Championships four times, picking up a gold medal in 2014, bronze in 2015, silver in 2018, and gold again in 2019.
Then, following his fourth lightweight title defense, Gamrot came over to the worlds leading MMA promotion.
After losing a split decision to Georgian knockout artist Guram Kutateladze in October of 2020, a controversial outcome mind you, he’s looked nearly unstoppable since.
Firstly, we’ll start by saying Gamrot out-struck Kutateladze 52-37 in significant strikes, 69-43 in total strikes, and secured five takedowns, while not being taken down a single time himself. Kutateladze admitted after the fight that he should’ve lost.
Nonetheless, it was a good debut performance, a good learning lesson, and he’s improved his professional record to 19-1 (1 NC) since. The man he had a no contest with, The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes winner Norman Parke, he also boasts a victory over.
In those last two bouts, he KO’d Scott Holtzman at 1:22 of round two, and also submitted (kimura) Jeremy Stephens just 65 seconds of round one, making it the fastest kimura finish in UFC history.
Not to mention, Stephens hasn’t been submitted in a long time. Charles Oliveira couldn’t submit him, Renato Moicano couldn’t submit him, neither could Zabit Magomedsharipov, all of which controlled him on the ground in order to defeat him.
The last time Stephens was submitted was back in 2009, where Joe Lauzon caught him with an armbar.
At 30 years old, Gamrot is right at the beginning of his peak, it’s a wonder what he’ll be able to do in the near future, especially fighting at 155 lbs. It’s such a deep division with all sorts of elite talent, and he’s now one of them.
After two stunning finishes in his last two outings, who would you like to see Mateusz Gamrot face next?
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