Most casual fans may not have heard of them, but Arman Tsarukyan and Mateusz Gamrot could both be fighting for a UFC championship in the future. The pair are two of the UFC’s best prospects and per the Tsarukyan vs Gamrot odds, the former is expected to take one big step towards contendership. Both will need to.
Tsarukyan vs Gamrot Fight Info
- Fight: Arman Tsarukyan (18-2-0) vs Mateusz Gamrot (20-1-0)
- Location: UFC Apex
- Broadcast: ESPN
Tsarukyan Gets five-Round Fight for First Time
Not a lot of fighters who lose their UFC debut elevate their stock doing so. But Tsarukyan did as he gave Islam Makhachev a good fight. It would be the only time Makhachev would win a performance bonus. Tsarukyan put the division on notice and then went on to win his next five bouts with his last two coming via bonus-winning finishes.
At just 25, Tsarukyan already looks like a future champion. The fighters he’s beaten may not raise any eyebrows, but the way he’s beating them should – via utter domination. Tsarukyan has outstruck strikers and outwrestled grapplers. He has hardly looked like he’s broken a sweat in UFC events. Now, he may have his toughest test since debuting against Makhachev, a five-rounder against Gamrot.
“We have similar style because he likes to shoot, do wrestling, a lot of scramble,” Tsarukyan told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto in an interview. “But I am smarter than him. I should be very smart during the fight. Don’t rush. He likes to rush, to shoot all the time. If he can shoot all the time – you know, like don’t do set-ups. I am a little bit different. I have to find my position – be in a good position. I am going to mix.”
The Armenian will once again be favored per the Tsarukyan vs Gamrot odds, though he has given bettors little reason to doubt him. His bout against Makhachev proved that he can handle adversity and if he can push Makhachev… one of the best pressure fighters in the promotion, he should be able to go against anyone.
Tsarukyan has not tested himself in a five-round fight yet. But given his high motor and relentless pace, he should be able to go 25 minutes while maintaining the same level. This is why he’s the favorite on the UFC Fight Night betting lines.
Gamrot Has Been a Champion Before
Gamrot is an underdog per the betting lines. But the 31-year-old has many things going for him like being a two-division champion in the KSW, one of the best European MMA promotions. Thus, the Polish fighter has more five-round experience than Tsarukyan and he, arguably, has fought higher-level competition.
“My favorite fighting distance,” Gamrot tweeted when news broke that his fight with Tsarukyan would be a five-rounder.
The 12th-ranked fighter also got his ranking by finishing Carlos Diego Ferreira, who came within one decision of defeating the sixth-ranked Beneil Dariush. Gamrot may have given some the impression that he’s more of a fast starter going by his quick UFC finishes, but he has gone into the championship rounds three times in his career.
As a former champion, Gamrot knows what it’s like to have pressure on his shoulders. He is also six years older than Tsarukyan and has an extensive amateur background with gold medals in submission grappling among others.
The Tsarukyan vs Gamrot odds may be underestimating him a little as this will be his first time as an underdog. He did lose his UFC debut, like Tsarukyan, but he was more than a 3-1 favorite here. It came as a short-notice fight and it was also his third fight in as many months.
With a full camp, Gamrot shredded the competition and made a tough guy like Jeremy Stephens look like an amateur. While Tsarukyan may be Gamrot’s most difficult opponent; he will show why he’s a former champion.Follow us on Twitter