Former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt “plans to descend” to flyweight


Cody Garbrandt claims his future lies in the flyweight division of the UFC, but he has one last job to do with the bantamweight first.

Garbrandt (11-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), the former 135-pound UFC champion, is on a skid losing three fights dating back to when he lost gold in November 2017. He was put sidelined more than 13 months due to injury and was recently forced to withdraw from a scheduled bout with Raphael Assuncao at the UFC on ESPN 8 (an event that was eventually postponed due to the pandemic of coronavirus in progress).

The fight with Assuncao is something that Garbrandt still hopes to book when he is healthy and the UFC events start again. However, “No Love” said he would not stay in the division beyond.

“First, we focus on Raphael, and it’s always the fight to go and the next fight,” Garbrandt told ESPN. “Then come down and really save the flies division. “

The three losses in the current Garbrandt skid are due to a layoff due to strikes. He has been criticized for his difficulty absorbing the damage, and an argument could be made that exhausting his body by an additional 10 pounds could make him even more vulnerable to knockouts.

Garbrandt, 28, has dismissed any speculation that he has a weak “chin”, and actually believes that further weight reduction will be beneficial. According to Garbrandt, his ambulatory weight is within the range of other weights, and that is why he thinks it is well suited to division.

“I never really reduced the weight to ’35,” said Garbrandt. “I plan to go in ’25. This is what I want to do. I am young. I can do it. I walk around 145 pounds. Sometimes after the sparring sessions 142, 143. I’m still strong, quick before my weight loss, and I feel like I can keep that at ’25. This is the plan. We talked about doing this. “


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