Mateusz Gamrot Slams Charles Oliveira for Calling Out Colby Covington

UFC
May 24, 2024
Mateusz Gamrot believes Charles Oliveira is avoiding a showdown with him.

“Gamer” Gamrot (24-2) has repeatedly called out former titleholder Oliveira (34-10), most recently when “do Bronx” revealed that he’s eyeing a return in July or August. The Brazilian mentioned his unwillingness to fight down the rankings at this stage in his career, dismissing a potential pairing with Gamrot. Instead, he offered to be the backup for Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler at UFC 303 on June 29 and later expressed interest in a welterweight matchup against Colby Covington.

Not entirely thrilled, Gamrot took a shot at the former lightweight champ for targeting Covington, who has gone 2-3 in his last five Octagon appearances. “Gamer” wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter):

“I asked to fight Oliveira, but he called out Colby instead. Guy who only fights once a year and is 2-3 since 2019. We thought you were better than that, [Charles Oliveira]. You know I’ll give you fire on the ground… but maybe that’s why you’d rather fight Colby,” Gamrot stated.

Oliveira is coming off a razor-thin split decision loss in a title eliminator against Arman Tsarukyan at UFC 300 in April. The Brazilian had earned the title eliminator spot with a first-round knockout win over Beneil Dariush, who in turn beat Gamrot via decision in 2022. Before losing two of three, the Chute Boxe Diego Lima star had strung together a massive win streak of 11 straight, finishing the likes of Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler along the way.

Following a split decision loss against Guram Kutateladze in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in 2020, Gamrot strung four wins together into his own unsuccessful meeting with Dariush. The Polish fighter has since bounced back with a three-fight winning streak with a unanimous decision win over Rafael dos Anjos in his last outing at UFC 299 in March.

Reference: https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Mateusz-Gamrot-Slams-Charles-Oliveira-for-Calling-Out-Colby-Covington-193803

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