Cody Garbrandt

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Will face Kara-France
August 2, 2021
Garbrandt will face Kai Kara-France in a flyweight matchup scheduled for December 11, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Garbrandt is 1-4 in his past five fights and has a single victory dating back to his shocking win over Dominick Cruz on December 30, 2016, so it's hard to trust him right now. He's coming off a loss against Rob Font in May this year and needs a positive outcome in this fight, a bout that will also mark his debut in the flyweight division. At one point, the UFC scheduled him for an immediate title fight at flyweight, but a long battle with COVID-19 ultimately cost the promotion that fight. This is likely a more sensible approach to the transition, as Garbrandt will instead draw the No. 7-ranked fighter in the division while giving the company a chance to evaluate how his body responds to the cut to 125 pounds.
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Not competitive in main event
May 22, 2021
Garbrandt lost to Rob Font via unanimous decision (45-50, 47-48, 45-50) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The two 50-45 scorecards were far more indicative of how this fight went than the ridiculous 48-47 score. Garbrandt hung around, but it was a struggle the entire time. Cody's best round by a country mile was the first. He landed two successful takedowns and limited Font's time and space on the feet. It was all downhill from there. Garbrandt once again took a smart and calculated approach on the feet, but he simply didn't throw enough volume. He attempted just 142 total strikes, compared to 358 from Font. That is not a misprint. The best thing to say about Cody's night is that his chin held up in a major way. Everyone knows Garbrandt has been hurt a ton over the course of his career. Since fighting (and winning) four times in 2016, Cody fought just once a year from 2017 to 2021. Injuries played a massive part in the inactivity, but mixed martial arts is a results-oriented sport, and the results say Garbrandt is 1-4 in his past five fights and has a single victory dating back to his shocking win over Dominick Cruz on December 30, 2016. As usual, the truth likely lies somewhere in the middle. Cody isn't as bad as his recent record shows, but is also nowhere near as good as the guy who torched Cruz on that night. Garbrandt's chances of ever sniffing the title picture at 135 pounds once again are on life support.
To fight Font on May 22
March 18, 2021
Garbrandt will fight Rob Font at the UFC Event on May 22, Brett Okamoto of reports.
This will be Garbrandt's first fight since defeating Raphael Assuncao back at UFC 250 last June, as the bantamweight recently withdrew from his fight against Division Figueiredo at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, 2020 due to a torn bicep. Font will be entering the ring most recently victorious over Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Dec. 19.
Withdraws from upcoming fight
October 2, 2020
Garbrandt (illness) withdrew from his upcoming fight against Deivison Figueiredo on Friday, which was scheduled to take place at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Garbrandt tested positive for COVID-19 back in September, but he revealed on his personal Twitter account that a torn bicep was the reason for his withdrawal. He hopes to get another chance to challenge for the flyweight title in 2021. Figueiredo will now face Alex Perez instead.
Recovering from COVID-19
September 3, 2020
Garbrandt reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week, but he still plans to fight Deiveson Figuiredo at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Adam Martin of reports.
Garbrandt experienced mild symptoms, but he's currently feeling better now. He's been unable to train during his isolation period, and he won't be able to start again until he's cleared of the virus. Garbrandt still has over two months before the fight, so he figures to have ample time to recover and get in top shape before entering the Octagon to compete for the flyweight title.
Surprise title shot
August 7, 2020
Garbrandt will drop down to flyweight and take on Deiveson Figuiredo for the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Garbrandt has dropped three of his last four fights and has primarily competed at bantamweight, so it's a bit surprising to see him get to the top of the line so quickly over several other deserving flyweights. There's no question Garbrandt's name sells pay-per-views -- especially after his highlight finish of Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250 -- so that likely contributed to the UFC's decision. Provided Garbrandt can make the championship weight, he'll own a three-inch height advantage but will still give up three inches in reach. He has superior striking volume stats and theoretically more power in his hands, but the wrestling/grappling edge should still lie in the hands of Figuiredo.