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For years Mateusz Gamrot lit up the Polish and European MMA scene with his dominating fighting style. It took just three fights for ‘Gamer’ to show the KSW brass that he was ready to become the next great Polish fighter. Many fans of the sport may have only recently discovered Gamrot’s talent and skills. Die-hard fans and Polish MMA fans have known for years that Gamrot’s current run in the UFC lightweight division would come as no surprise.
Run in KSW
Prior to entering the UFC in 2020, Gamrot would go on a stellar 13-0 (1 no contest) run at KSW while earning “two-time champion” status in the organization’s featherweight and lightweight divisions. It all started at KSW 23 with a second-round TKO in June 2013. Winning six more fights (one of Cage Warriors’) Gamrot would end up with a shot at the vacant KSW Lightweight title against Mansour Barnaoui at KSW 35 in May 2016. After dominating all three rounds of action, Gamrot would claim the lightweight title, a crown he would own until he quit to join the UFC nearly four years later. .
KSW’s Biggest Stage Ever
Many will refer to the UFC as the “biggest stage” an MMA fighter can compete on. Any fighter on the KSW 39 map will disagree. This card would become the second largest MMA event in history with 57,766 fans in attendance. With every championship on the line, Gamrot would beat the UFC veteran Norman Parke in the first of their three meetings. Five months later, Gamrot would share a “no contest” with Parke at KSW 40 in Dublin after an accidental peek.
KSW’s first “double champion” and closure of KSW’s career
Just two fights after the “no contest” with Parke, Gamrot would make KSW history at KSW 46. In the co-main event of the night, Gamrot would go five rounds with a dangerous featherweight. Kleber Koike Erbst for the vacant featherweight title. The win would mark his 11th straight victory and crown him as the pound-for-pound favorite not only in KSW but of any fighter outside of the big organizations. After winning the featherweight title, Gamrot’s next defense would be for his lightweight title against a familiar foe, Norman Parke at KSW 53. Putting a decisive end to their feud, Gamrot would earn the third-round TKO via the doctor’s stop. Our final look at Gamrot in the KSW cage would come at KSW 54 in August 2020 when he defeated the future champion, Marian Ziolkowskiby unanimous decision.
Climb the UFC ladder
The relocation of organizations has been accompanied by a relocation of training camps. Gamrot would seek to improve his talents in one of the best teams in the world with American Top Team in Florida. Gamrot’s big UFC debut would come up against Guram Kutateladze in October 2020. This fight would be Gamrot’s first loss of his career, whether it was an extremely close split decision that could have gone either way. In an article with this same author on MyMMANewssaid Gamrot, “I don’t think I have to change much in my training because I don’t think 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’ve trained with the legendary Mike Brown and can’t wait to fight!
Not letting his debut deter him, Gamrot has won all four fights since with three of those four by decision. Victories include wins over UFC veterans like Jeremy Stephens and Diego Ferreira. The future looks bright for the former two-time KSW champion as he currently sits at No. 9 in the UFC lightweight division. Could Gamrot become the next KSW veteran to become a world star?