What Is Cody Garbrandt’s Next Major Move?
Initially teasing a move to flyweight, former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt might make it a reality.
Speaking with ESPN, Garbrandt (12-3) discussed potentially facing off against new UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo. While nothing is guaranteed, Garbrandt believes the transition would be pretty easy. He then stated that he could eventually move back up to bantamweight, as Henry Cejudo did.
“As far as I know, I don’t have a contract in hand,” Garbrandt said, via MMA Junkie. “We’re trying to wait on that with Ali and Dana and Sean and Mick. I’ve actually been vocal about going to 125 for quite some time now. We spoke about it in the past before the Assuncao fight. I feel like it’s great. I’m able to do it now still early in my career. I just turned 29. I’m able to go to 125, challenge, and win that title there. (Then,) I’ll go back up to 135 pounds and compete with the best of them there.”
Garbrandt made his UFC debut in 2015. “No Love” won his first six fights with the promotion, beating Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 for the UFC Bantamweight Title. He then lost the title and the rematch to T.J. Dillashaw before getting knocked out by Pedro Munhoz. Following kidney issues, Garbrandt came back at UFC 250 and knocked Raphael Assunçao out with a highlight reel punch. It was his first win since 2016.
There were initial back and forth talks between Garbrandt and Manel Kape for a flyweight bout, but that did not come to fruition. A move down to flyweight is something that Garbrandt believes he is prepared for.
“The sports always evolving so you’ve got to evolve with it,” Garbrandt went on to say. “I have a head coach. I have an offensive coordinator. I’ve got a defensive coordinator. I have every place set up, every coach set up for what I need to reach my goals and my dreams. They’re along for the ride helping me out through the whole process.”
As far as if a move like that would happen, UFC President Dana White would end up telling ESPN, “Anything is possible.”