Jeremy Stephens will be hoping win his first fight since 2018 when he battles in Mateusz Gamrot in the main card of UFC Vegas 31 on Saturday night at 5he UFC Apex.
Stephens (28-18(1) last victory was is brutal stoppage victory over Josh Emmet and after then, Stephens got Stopped by Jose Aldo, the next two were unanimous decision losses to Zabit Magomedsharipov and Yair Rodriguez, after ending their first meeting with a no-contest. Things still didn’t get better for the top contender as Calvin Kattar brutally handed him a taste of his own medicine with a brutal stoppage.
Stephens will be fighting for the first time since May last year which is partly due to the fact that he brutally shoved Drakkar Klose in their face off back in April, causing a back injury to his opponent before fight night.
Gamrot (18-1(1)) had good days during his days without any UFC affiliation and was able to become KSW first ever simultaneous two weight champion retaining his then unbeaten record while (Lightweight and Featherweight) doing so. Gamrot was then welcomed to the UFC with the first loss of his professional career. Guram Kutateladze went in against all odds, picked up a split decision despite only going in as a late replacement after Magomed Mustafaev pull out.
Gamrot was able to bounce back from that with a stunning knockout of Veteran Scott Holtzman in his next fight and will be hoping to build on that when he takes on another big name in Stephens on Saturday night.
Stephen makes his return to lightweight after almost nine years away. He will look small but his power goes with him and will be more potent than expected. With a few physical advantages, he will be able to control the distance and possibly set up for counters.
Gamrot will be hoping to capitalise on his striking but will have to be aware of Stephen’s power while doing so but would definitely be better using his grappling which should be better than his exploits against Holtzman to be effective.