Mateusz Gamrot unanimously wins against Tsarukyan

Mateusz Gamrot unanimously wins against Tsarukyan

LAS VEGAS — The main event between Mateusz Gamrot and Arman Tsarukyan was five incredible rounds of action, proving exactly why this match deserved the top spot at UFC on ESPN 38.

The two lightweight contenders entered the first main event of their UFC careers, with both men looking to make a statement on the big stage. When the dust settled after 25 minutes of thrilling action, the judges were unanimous in their decision, giving Gamrot (21-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) the nod over Tsarukyan (18-3 MMA, 5- 2 CFU).

Both fighters looked to establish their game early in the bout. Gamrot attempted to get taken down after grabbing a single leg and lifting it high, but Tsarukyan managed to stay upright. Moments later, Tsarukyan completed a fine takedown, and some wild jostling for position soon followed.

The action remained fast in the second round. After a few opening exchanges, a thunderous body kick from Tsarukyan to Gamrot’s body echoed throughout the UFC Apex. Tsarukyan attempted to bring the fight down but was knocked down beautifully by Gamrot. Another powerful kick from Tsarukyan landed to the body, as he seemed to get the better of Gamrot in the first two rounds.

Tsarukyan’s powerful striking offensive continued into the start of the third round. He opened with another thunderous kick to the body and cracked Gamrot with a right hand moments later. Gamrot grabbed a single leg again but couldn’t bring the fight to the mat.

Moments later, however, he managed to grab Tsarukyan and fight his way back. Gamrot was unable to secure the job, but Tsarukyan worked free before serious damage or submission attempts occurred. They resumed trading hard punches until the end of the round.

Gamrot came out firing in round four and landed some big shots early. A return punch from Tsarukyan landed and knocked Gamrot down, but he was quick to recover. Another hard kick to the body scored for Tsarukyan as Gamrot fired in and completed a takedown. Gamrot took his opponent’s back and looked for a submission, but the fight would go all the way to the final round.

Tsarukyan landed a nice outside kick to sweep Gamrot off his feet early. Gamrot got back to his feet and kept the pressure high, shooting for a nice takedown a moment later. After controlling Tsarukyan on the mat, they got back on their feet and continued to let the strikes fly. Gamrot looked for another takedown to close out the fight. Tsarukyan was able to reverse his position in the final seconds and land a few punches before the final horn sounded on this highly entertaining main event.

The three official judges scored the fight 48-47 for Gamrot, earning the Polish fighter the unanimous decision victory.

During his post-fight interview, Gamrot made it clear who he wanted to mix him up with next.

“Now I want to fight with Justin Gaethje,” said in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. “Justin Gaethje is the most brutal guy in this division. I want to fight him next.

With the win, Gamrot makes it four in a row after the only setback of his pro career against Guram Kutateladze in 2020. Going into Saturday’s fight with back-to-back stoppages against Scott Holtzman, Jeremy Stephens and Diego Ferreira, the Polish-born fighter is now in a great position to face the next level of competition in the lightweight division.

Tsarykyan entered holding No. 14 on the USA TODAY SPORTS/MMA Junkie lightweight rankings, which likely means Gamrot will drop honorable mentions to a ranked fighter in the next rankings update.

On the other side, the first UFC main event for Tsarukyan marks the second loss of his run with the promotion. He flopped on his UFC debut, dropping a unanimous decision to Islam Makhachev in 2019. Tsarukyan bounced back nicely with five straight wins, including back-to-back stoppages against Christos Giagos and Joel Alvarez in his previous two outings.

UFC on ESPN 38 up-to-the-minute results include:

  • Mateusz Gamrot defeated. Arman Tsarukyan by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
  • Shavkat Rakhmonov defeats. Neil Magny via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 4:58
  • Josh Parisian beats. Alan Baudot via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:04
  • Thiago Moises defeated. Christos Giagos via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 3:05
  • Umar Nurmagomedov defeated. Nate Maness via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 20-25)
  • Chris Curtis beats. Rodolfo Vieira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Carlos Ulberg beats. Tafon Nchukwi via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:15
  • Shayilan Nuerdanbieke defeated. TJ Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Sergei Morozov defeats. Raulian Paiva by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Cody Durden beats. JP buys via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:08
  • Mario Bautista beats. Brian Kelleher via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 2:27
  • Vanessa Demopoulos defeated. Jinh Yu Frey via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

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