Mateusz Gamrot (22-2) is set to face Rafael Fiziev (12-2) in a highly anticipated lightweight bout at the main event of UFC Vegas 79 on September 23. Although Gamrot has gained a reputation as a lethal finisher with three consecutive stoppage wins in 2021, he has gone the distance in his last three fights. The Polish fighter earned a closely contested decision victory over Arman Tsarukyan in June 2022, followed by a loss to Beneil Dariush in October, and finally a split decision win over Jalin Turner at UFC 285 in March.
Gamrot’s UFC Journey
Gamrot’s first Ultimate Fighting Championship headliner opportunity came against Arman Tsarukyan, where he secured a closely contested decision victory. He then faced a tough challenge in Beneil Dariush, who handed him a somewhat lopsided decision loss. Despite the setback, the former KSW two-division champion bounced back with a split decision win over Jalin Turner at UFC 285 in March.
Seeking a Statement Win
Currently ranked seventh at lightweight, Gamrot aims to make a statement in the division as he takes on the No. 6-ranked Fiziev. During the UFC Vegas 79 media day, the 32-year-old expressed his intentions, saying, “I want to make a statement in this lightweight division. Of course, I am a professional fighter and for me the most important is to win this fight. But I want to show my shape and good performance, and I want to finish him.”
Gamrot has respect for Fiziev, who is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the lightweight division. However, he believes that his relentless grappling skills will be the ultimate advantage in the fight. The Polish prospect further explained to reporters, “He’s a real dangerous opponent. A high-level, world-class striker. But I believe I am a better all-around fighter. To be honest, I don’t care because of course I have much respect for Rafael, but my wrestling skills kill every striker.”