UFC Vegas 31 Profile: Mateusz Gamrot aims to reach ‘next level’

June 6, 2020; Las Vegas, NV, USA; A general view of the octagon prior to UFC 250 at the UFC APEX. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports

When Poland’s Mateusz Gamrot (18-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2020, hardcore and European MMA fans rejoiced.

The lightweight had long been considered one of the best fighters outside of the UFC. A two-weight champion in KSW, one of Europe’s largest MMA promotions, Gamrot had the strength of schedule that promised success under the big-time spotlight of the Octagon.

Mateusz Gamrots road to UFC Vegas 31

His promotional debut was a barnburner of a fight with Khamzat Chimaev teammate Guram Kutateladze (12-2), but it was the Georgian-Swede who emerged victorious by split-decision.

Interestingly, Kutateladze admitted in the post-fight interview that he felt Gamrot had won. Telling Octagon interviewer Daniel Cormier, “I’m an honest man… It wasn’t my fight.”

Yet with his undefeated record no longer intact, fans and pundits alike wondered how Gamrot would respond.

The 30-year-old Pole journeyed stateside to train alongside the elite coaches and competitors at American Top Team, and the improvements he made were evident in his second UFC fight.

Against durable divisional veteran Scott Holtzman (14-5), Gamrot looked the best-ever version of himself. Known for his incredible wrestling and submission skills, Gamrot added a crisp and powerful striking arsenal to his game to notch his first UFC victory–a knockout, no less.

“At the beginning of the year, I flew to American Top Team and trained under the legendary Mike Brown with the ATT army,” Gamrot told UFC.com. “I trained with Edson Barboza, Jorge Masvidal, Dustin Poirier, Renato Moicano, Thiago Moises, and many more from the team, gathering a lot of experience and confidence.”

Gamrot confirmed what many pundits believed coming out of the Holtzman fight, explaining, “I am now a completely different fighter–much better and much wiser.”

At UFC Vegas 31, Gamrot will face a longtime UFC veteran and a notable name in Jeremy Stephens (28-18). It is a must-win fight for Stephens, who is 0-4 with a no-contest in his last five fights.

Should Gamrot turn back a determined Stephens, look for him to continue his climb up the lightweight rankings as he works his way toward the coveted UFC title.

“Jeremy has a very big name in the United States and I am very happy about this,” Gamrot said. “He is very experienced, a UFC legend, and it is a pleasure to fight with him because if I win, my name jumps up to the next level.”

–Field Level Media

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