Jeremy Stephens and Mateusz Gamrot are going to meet at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Moisesat UFC Apex in Nevada In a lightweight division bout. The main card bout is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m ET. Before the fight, let’s analyze both the fighters’ strengths and weaknesses, including predictions and picks.
Jeremy Stephens is 35-year old and is in the promotion since 2007. Being a veteran he has fought some of the best fighters in the promotion including Jose Aldo, Max Holloway.
However, he was not successful against most of them, and his inconsistent performances led him to be a gatekeeper in the division. He started fighting in featherweight in 2013 and is returning to lightweight after a long 9 years hiatus. Though he is past his prime, he can still put up a decent show.
On the other hand, Omari Akhmedov is a more consistent fighter compared to Jeremy. He is a newbie in the promotion But, his record (18-1-0) speaks for him more than anything else. He failed to deliver in his debut fight against Guram. However, knocking out Scot Holtzman in the second round must have given him the momentum he needed.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Mateusz Gamrot stats
|Stats||Jeremy Stephens||Mateusz Gamrot|
|Height||5 ft 9 in||5 ft 10 in|
|Reach||71 in||70.5 in|
|Team||Alliance MMA||American Top Team|
Jeremy Stephens is the more experienced fighter, but Gamrot has shown great improvement in his last few fights. Additionally, Stephens’ passing age and his lackluster performances in the recent while definitely give an edge to a much younger and explosive Mateusz Gamrot.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Mateusz Gamrot breakdown
Both the fighters like to fight from the front foot. Stephens has 19 knockout wins. So, he has got the power. The height and reach are very even for both fighters. Both have a good striking ability but Jeremy is quite bad when it comes to takedown defense. He got taken down by Calvin who himself is a boxer.
Gamrot is a wrestler and has some fantastic takedown defense, who usually looks to take the fight to the ground. Considering Jeremy’s weakness against takedowns and ground game, Gamrot will certainly plan for grinding up throughout the fight. Even though Jeremy has the power it’s not like Gamrot can’t box. Mateusz has a fast striking ability and the skill to take the fight to distance.
Jeremy Stephens vs Mateusz Gamrot prediction: Mateusz Gamrot via unanimous decision