- Mateusz Gamrot upset Arman Tsarukyan as the +220 underdog in the UFC Vegas 57 main card.
- Gamrot won on points via scores of 48-47, 48-47,and 48-47 in the judges scorecards.
- Tsarukyan was the heavy betting favorite in the live betting market and was a heavy -645 favorite entering the final round.
UFC Vegas 57 ended with the best fight of the night, literally. The main event between new generation lightweights Arman Tsarukyan and Mateusz Gamrot was a back-and-forth brawl that won the Fight of the Night award.
It also produced the only betting upset of the main card when Gamot defeated Tsarukyan after closing as the +220 bottom dog.
Gamrot Does Enough to Score a UD Win
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) June 26, 2022
Gamrot’s win might have come as a surprise if you were tailing the live odds betting market. That’s because after Tsarukyan entered the fight as the -257 betting favorite ( via Circa Sports), the 25-year-old Georgian saw his odds shorten to -535 after the opening round and -800 after two rounds. His odds dipped to -705 after the third round, and -645 after four. Gamrot meanwhile, faded to +435 entering the final round. Whoever bet on the Gamer in the live betting market has a fat bank account right now.
The live odds were surprising considering the bout was back and forth and even won Fight of the Night honors for its competitive nature. The judges too thought it was close but all three agreed that Gamrot did enough to win, with scores of 48-47 across all three scorecards. All three also gave the first two rounds to Tsarukyan and the last three to Gamrot so that’s as unanimous as possible.
Looking at the fight stats, Tsarukyan outlander Gamrot, 110-108 in total strikes landed and 95-81 in total significant strikes landed. However, the Polish fighter also completed six takedown attempts compared to only one for Tsarukyan. Gamrot also had over four minutes of control time versus only one plus minute for his opponent with all of Gamrot’s control time in the final three rounds.
Gamrot Wants a Brutal Fight
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 26, 2022
Of course, Tsarukyan was disappointed with the decision and he had the right to be. Even when Gamrot seemed to have taken the momentum, he dropped him in the 4th and swept him off his feet with a calf kick in the final round. However, Gamrot looked like the more fresher and aggressive fighter in the later rounds.
After the bout, Gamrot didn’t waste his post-fight Octagon interview with any fluff. He said he is ready for every single ‘f_ _ _ing’guy in the division and went on to call one of the baddest, Justin Gaethje who is currently no. 3 in the UFC lightweight division and coming off a UFC 274 loss to Charles Oliveira in the most recent lightweight title fight.
It’s unclear if Gaethje wants that fight. But Gamrot will likely move up to the Top 10 next week and if Gaethje wants another shot at the belt, he’s going to have to build his resume again. Beating an up-and-comer like Gamrot could be a good start. Given what we saw on Saturday and Gaethje’s penchant for violence, a potential fight should be a brutal barnburner. What do you think?