Cody Garbrandt had a disappointing night at UFC Vegas 27. Following a unanimous decision loss to Rob Font, Cody finds himself adrift of the title contender spot in the division.
Although Garbrandt started strong, landing a few jabs and scoring takedowns, his conditioning soon started to wither away. On the other hand, Rob Font put on an impressive display of striking and technicality and just the right amount of aggression, to win the fight. Moreover, Font has now established himself as a serious contender for the title.
Speaking to the fans in an Instagram Live right after the fight, Cody shares his views of what went down. “I enjoy this and I’ll correct my mistakes. (I’m) just really thankful, and I wanted to come out here and tell you guys how much I appreciate and love your support”. Whilst he thanks the fans for the support despite the loss, Cody remains optimistic about the future.
In the lead-up to the fight, “No Love” really emphasized the importance of his coaches. Under Coach Mark Henry and team, Cody felt that he was slowly returning to his peak fitness. Previously, Cody had multiple health issues like COVID, torn bicep, and kidney infection which kept him away from the Octagon for a long time.
However, Cody felt that he was healthy enough to return and make a case for his shot at the flyweight and bantamweight titles. Unfortunately, this was not the case as Cody could not keep pace with Font for most of the fight. Whilst he was the better wrestler, Cody did not display the best version of himself on the night.
What’s Next For Cody Garbrandt?
Before the fight, Cody was very clear with his intentions for the future. Firstly, he is keen to go down to flyweight and compete for the title. Then, when the situation with Aljamain Sterling is resolved, he will look to make a case for that title too. Unfortunately, his loss to Rob Font pours cold water on those plans.
However, Cody is not yet losing hope and feels that he will face adversity as he makes his way to the top. He recognizes that he needs to work harder and also focus on properly recovering from his health complications. Interestingly, he is also keen on a trilogy fight with TJ Dillashaw, after his return against Cory Sandhagen.
Cody and TJ have a long rivalry which started since they were in the same gym. However, the two have faced off twice, with Cody losing on both occasions. Whilst there is evidence of cheating on Dillashaw’s end, Cody wants to settle to the score once and for all.
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