Guram Kutateladze played the spoiler at UFC Fight Island 6 by handing former KSW champion Mateusz Gamrot the first loss of his career in the final featured on Saturday night.
In three rounds, Kutateladze fended off takedowns and made his way down to the ground to smother a powerful wrestling attack from Gamrot while displaying a powerful punching play that ultimately helped him win a split decision.
Two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Kutateladze with the third official giving the fight to Gamrot by the same score 29-28. Despite the victory, Kutateladze was in no mood to celebrate after being unable to perform at the height of his abilities.
“It’s not my fight. No. 1 bullsh * t, ”Kutateladze said. “I am an honest man. It was not my fight. Thank you very much of course. I’m not happy because it’s not what I expected. Gamrot, you are a warrior. It was your fight.
A recognized grappler in both MMA and Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions, Gamrot did his best to turn to these particular skills throughout the bout as he attempted more than 10 eliminations in three rounds. To his credit, Kutateladze defended his back well every time he hit the mat while fending off Gamrot’s holds on several occasions.
As Gamrot continued to seek the takedown, Kutateladze began to settle into a rhythm while throwing some serious power behind his kicks, digging into the body of the former KSW champion.
Kutateladze really started to find some confidence in his strike, including a punch that momentarily left Gamrot on the mat early in the second round. Kutateladze’s combinations were mind-blowing, forcing Gamrot to try to respond while still looking for a takedown to bring the fight back to his world on the pitch.
It was a battle of wills throughout the 15 minutes with Gamrot constantly looking to turn to his wrestling and Kutateladze countering with his strike attack and wrestling defense.
At the end of the fight, the judges didn’t have an easy decision, but it was ultimately Kutateladze who took the win on his UFC debut.
As for Gamrot, the former two-division KSW champion suffered a loss in his first appearance in the Octagon while reducing his record to 17-1 overall.