LAS VEGAS – Mateusz Gamrot is riding plenty of confidence heading into his biggest UFC fight to date.

Gamrot (19-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) faces Diego Ferreira (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 199 main card for an opportunity to crack the promotion’s top 15 lightweight rankings.

After falling short to Guram Kutateladze in his UFC debut, Gamrot rebounded in emphatic fashion, scoring back-to-back “Performance of the Night” finishes over Scott Holtzman and Jeremy Stephens. Ferreira will mark a step up in competition for the former two-division KSW champion, but Gamrot respectfully thinks he’ll have another standout performance.

“Diego is a ranked guy. I expect a difficult fight from Ferreira. But from a technical point of view, I think it’s going to be a simple fight for me,” Gamrot told MMA Junkie at UFC Fight Night 199 media day. “Of course, I don’t sound arrogant, but behind my confidence there’s respect, hard work, appreciation for my opponent. Diego is a great fighter and it’s an honor to share the octagon with him.

“Diego is very dangerous everywhere. He’s high level in striking, much better wrestling than before, jiu-jitsu is high level. But jiu-jitsu is my home. I’m a wrestler, and I’m not scared of the ground. I think it’s going to be fireworks on Saturday.”

UFC Fight Night 199 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.

Watch the full media day interview with Gamrot in the video above.


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