Las Vegas, NV — Jeremy Stephens’ reputation proceeds him, and as a result, current opponent Mateusz Gamrot is ready for anything and everything that might come his way.
Even at weigh-ins this Friday.
Gamrot, a former KSW double-champ, is coming off the first win of his UFC tenure. Now, he’s bagged “Lil Heathen” as an opponent. “My last fight, I was very excited. This was my first knockout in the career,” exclaimed Gamrot during the UFC Vegas 31 media day on Wednesday. “So excited, and I think now we’re gonna [do] a lot better.”
Gamrot is well aware of what a fight with someone like Stephens could mean. “I worked very hard all my life, and I got an amazing opportunity to fight with him. I’m so happy,” he said. “Jeremy is a big name in the U.S.A. and a UFC legend. Jeremy has a lot of experience here, very tough guy. I think if I want this guy, for me it’s a big jump, a new level, and everyone in the U.S.A. will know who I am.”
Of course, Stephen’s last fight didn’t even happen when his temper boiled over at weigh-in. He managed to injure his would-be foe Drakkar Klose with a shove.
“I like these things. I’m ready for everything,” Gamrot said, clearly game no matter what happens. “We can stay and okay, smile, we can go to war, we can push. Whatever else happens, I am ready. In the face-off, in the fight, in the octagon.”
And after that? Gamrot has his sights set high. “My big goal is of course winning the belt of the lightweight division. I don’t know when, but for sure I will be UFC champion in the future.” For now, however Gamrot will take it step by step. “This Saturday, if I win against Jeremy, big jump, and I would like the next opponent [to be] maybe top 20, top 15, because I think I deserve it.”
Watch the full UFC Vegas 31 media day scrum with Mateusz Gamrot above. Gamrot faces Jeremy Stephens this Saturday, July 17 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV.