Mateusz Gamrot only had 10 days to prepare but it was still enough for him to eke out a split decision win over Jalin Turner at UFC 285.
While he had his moments with the opponent’s large size, Gamrot was able to find a way to get inside and land several takedowns which allowed him to have a lot more control over top. Turner was unable to free himself from Gamrot’s grasp, which cost him the fight.
Two judges gave Gamrot the nod with scores of 30-27 and 29-28 with the third official giving a 29-28 score to Turner. Gamrot still managed to win the contest despite losing to Beneil Dariush during his previous performance.
“I take this short notice, my performance was not good but I am a warrior,” Gamrot said following the win. Thank you, Jaalin. It was tough. The next fight I’d like to see the top five [opponent].”
Using his size and reach advantage, Turner was controlling the center of the octagon and keeping Gamrot on the end of his strikes as the action got started. It was short lived success, however, with Gamrot eventually diving inside to snatch a well-timed takedown but Turner defended well until working his way free to reset on the feet.
Gamrot continued to apply pressure with his wrestling as Turner fought to stay off the canvas.
It was evident that Turner’s length was giving Gamrot some headaches, although the former two-division KSW champion started to chip away his foundation with a series of calf kicks. Gamrot ran to Turner for another try, but Turner gave him a hard blow.
While Gamrot was rattled briefly, Turner tried to crank up the heat by launching a series of strikes. Gamrot was able to weather the storm until he finally got the legs to put Turner down again.
On top, Gamrot was able to trap Turner in the crucifix position where he began peppering away with short punches and elbows.
It was an exhausting battle, but Gamrot turned once more to wrestling to counter Turner’s foot striking advantage. Gamrot continued to fight for takedowns with Turner defending to try and stay standing.
That was the final difference, because Gamrot kept Turner down and “The Tarantula” couldn’t do anything but try to break away without producing any strikes that would turn the tables.
Now 5-2 in the UFC, Gamrot continues to make waves in the lightweight division while taking out another highly touted opponent in Turner. Gamrot may be rewarded later in the year
with a better-ranked opponent because he agreed to fight this fight at short notice.