Las Vegas, NV — Following a closely contested five rounds against Arman Tsarukyan at UFC Vegas 57, Polish lightweight Mateusz Gamrot came away with a unanimous decision win.
With 48-47 scores from all three judges, “Gamer” improved to 4-1 inside the octagon on Saturday night. The former KSW double champ also wins a battle of top-flight prospects at 155 pounds, which should set him up for big things moving forward.
“I’m so happy, because Arman is a very tough opponent. It was a close fight, tough fight,” Gamrot (21-1, 1NC) exclaimed following the event, speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press. “Arman’s fight with Islam, this was a very close fight too.” After his own close scrap with with Tsarukyan, Gamrot believes that he has shown he’s among the best fighters in the world as well.
Winning his fourth post-fight bonus in five fights — Gamrot shared Fight of the Night honors at UFC Vegas 57 with Tsarukyan — the 31-year old knows who he wants next, and has a plan to get to a title shot.
All week, Gamrot has suggested a fight with former interim champ Justin Gaethje would make sense.
“I am a big fan of Justin Gaethje, I have a lot of respect for him. I think he’s the most brutal guy in the lightweight division,” Gamrot explained. “This guy’s fighting two times for the title, for the gold. I think he is old school, I’m new school, I am new direction. I want to switch places, I’ll start climbing to the top.”
Gaethje has indeed fought twice for the UFC’s lightweight title. The former WSOF champion came up short in his first attempt, against Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2020, and again against Charles Oliveira at UFC 274 this past May.
Gamrot sees a win against “The Highlight” as being enough to propel him to a championship opportunity of his own, one he believes could come against Islam Makhachev. Gamrot revealed that Khabib Nurmagomedov had suggested the match-up as a possibility while paying his respects after the fight.
“Khabib said congratulations for the fight, you’re a nice guy. For sure in the future, you’ll meet Islam [Makhachev] and fight,” Gamrot said. “So I keep fingers crossed for Islam, I think Islam beats Charles Oliveira next fight, and I want a next fight with Justin, and next fight [after that] with Islam. Simple plan.”
With his profile surging, Mateusz Gamrot also touched on the UFC potentially returning to Poland following his most recent win. The promotion hasn’t made the trip since a 2017 stop in Gdansk, and have only visited the country twice — despite having had two Polish champions in Jan Blachowicz and Joanna Jedrzejczyk in recent years.
“I want to say, UFC, come to Poland. We have fantastic people, [it’s] a fantastic place, fantastic fighters,” Gamrot said, making his pitch. “If you make a fight in the national stadium, 60,000 people are going to sit and watch. For sure, there’s going to be 60,000 tickets sold, for sure. We have former light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz, nice guy. We have [Marcin] Tybura, myself, and many more fighters.”
Watch the full UFC Vegas 57 post-fight press scrum with Mateusz Gamrot above.