When the two separated, Ferreira was clearly in pain as he gripped his rib cage. Whatever the problem, it was caused by a nasty legal knee from Gamrot, and gave the emerging contender a third straight win.
Days later, he made his debut in the rankings, placing at No.12.
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As fans, we can be in love with and wary of undefeated fighters, often at the same time; the fact that they have never tasted defeat serves both as a reason to project them to great heights, but also to question the level of competition they have faced.
And once they lose – because everyone loses at some point (except Khabib Nurmagomedov) – we often place a lot of weight on that individual outcome, neglecting or undervaluing anything that preceded him.
For fighters, I imagine there’s something liberating about taking that zero off the loss column – unnecessary weight and pressure removed from your shoulders that motivates you back into the win column, but allows you also to fight without worrying about protecting your blank file.
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It’s probably doubly difficult when you step onto the biggest stage in lossless sports and with a lot of international acclaim, and while I can’t say for sure, I would bet Gamrot felt both of those things after being edged out. in its early days.
The result was a three-win campaign, with three finishes and a stint in the lightweight standings, positioning the Polish fighter to enter 2022 as a dark horse contender in the ultra-competitive division.
The challenges will only get more difficult from now on for him, but with how he has dominated his last three outings, don’t be surprised if he’s in the championship conversation around this time next year, if not. earlier.