In the Clinch – UFC Vegas 57: Tsarukyan, Gamrot Battle Ready – The UFC lightweight division is pretty stacked right now, but Arman Tsarukyan and Mateusz Gamrot can’t afford to be impressed. They have business to take care of Saturday at UFC Vegas 57.
Tsarukyan (18-2-0), 25, is raising some eyebrows within the division. Since a loss to division powerhouse Islam Makhachev, he’s racked up a five fight win streak that includes two consecutive performance bonuses. He has some grappling ability, but is on a stone cold knockout spree, which is what one needs for this division.
Then, we have Poland’s next generation in Gamrot.
Gamrot (20-1-0, 1NC), 31, the country’s former featherweight and lightweight champion in the KSW promotion, is also on a mission. After losing a split decision in his debut, he has performance bonuses in two of his last three straight wins and is sitting at No. 12 in the rankings. Watch his statement win over Jeremy Stephens, which sent “Lil’ Heathen” to the PFL. At 31, the “Gamer” knows he is in his physical prime and needs this fight to get the big contenders. There is no question that recently retired Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz will be supporting him Saturday night.
This is a good fight on paper between two young lions trying to break into the upper echelon of the division. Tsarukyan and Gamrot have the grappling to keep each other honest and the striking to collect another bonus. The only slight concern is that Tsarukyan missed weight almost two years ago at UFC 257. He seems to have corrected that problem, however.
Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot could be the Fight of the Night and it also could be a tight cautious affair which comes down to points. But looking at their recent fights, they will both be looking for the finish because they know it puts them in position for the contender fights they need to make that big run.
All of the ranked lightweights will be watching this one.
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