UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Moises- Jeremy Stephens vs Mateusz Gamrot: Prediction and Analysis

Published 07/16/2021, 3:03 PM EDT


Jeremy Stephens and Mateusz Gamrot are set to turn in a ‘Fight of the Night’ Performance at UFC Vegas 31. Both men are heavy hitters who throw caution to the wind under the bright lights. Fans have earmarked the fight to be a banger as neither man is known to take a step back.

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The lightweight division is a certified shark tank with dangerous contenders looking to make their mark. Both Stephens and Gamrot have shown flashes of brilliance and there is no doubt they bring a lot to the table. However, despite their notable pedigree’s, breaking into the upper echelon of the division will not be a straightforward task.

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UFC Fight Night: Jeremy Stephens vs Mateusz Gamrot

Stephens is in dire need of a win on Saturday night as he’s 0-4-1 in his last five fights. After a steady decline at featherweight, he finally decided to move up to lightweight earlier in 2021. However, his fight against Drakkar Klose was canceled at the eleventh hour as Klose was injured due to Stephens’ shove at the weigh-ins.

Lil Heathen’ has an opportunity to finally make things right and get his lightweight run off to the right start. He’s got a firefighting style that relies on getting in close. His power at featherweight was astounding and fans would expect his explosiveness to carry forward. He’ll have to be wary of Gamrot’s counters which have folded previous opponents like lawn chairs.

Mateusz Gamrot is on 1-1 in the UFC and is coming off a KO win over Scott Holtzman in his last fight. He lost a controversial split decision to Guram Kutateladze in his debut which was also his first career loss. At 18-1 currently, he’s looked at as a dangerous prospect with future title aspirations.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 18: (L-R) Guram Kutateladze of Georgia kicks Mateusz Gamrot of Poland in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 18, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Gamer’ Gamrot is well-rounded no matter where the fight goes and it’s his ability to adapt that sets him apart. Not to mention, he can trade with anyone including Stephens, although that could potentially be a costly mistake.

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Prediction: Mateusz Gamrot to claim a submission victory

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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