Beneil Dariush can't compete with Mateusz Gamrot according to him on the mat.
Gamrot (21-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Dariush will square off on Saturday's UFC 280 main card at Etihad Arena in an effort to end Dariush's winning streak. Preliminaries on ESPNews and ESPN+ are followed by the main card airing on pay-per-view.
Gamrot likes his chances of obtaining a stoppage victory if the fight ends up on the ground, despite the fact that Dariush (21-4-1 MMA, 15-4-1 UFC) has a variety of finishes via strikes and by submission.
“Beneil is good everywhere,” Gamrot told MMA Junkie and other reporters at Wednesday’s UFC 280 media day. “He’s an all-rounder, big, strong, put pressure in striking, heavy kicks, but I’m a wrestler, and jiu-jitsu is my DNA. We meet in the ground, and I am sure that I finish him on the ground.”
Gamrot, a former two-division KSW champion, has only fought five times in the UFC, but by defeating Dariush, he hopes to move up to the top of the lightweight class.
“I’m super excited that I can fight with Beneil Dariush,” Gamrot said. “He’s one of the best guys in the division. Now he’s No. 6 in the rankings. For sure if I beat him Saturday night, I enter the top five.”