Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

Despite back to back losses at both flyweight and bantamweight, Cody Garbrandt is happy to return to either weight-class for his next bout in the UFC.

Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has had a hard time in the Octagon as of late, most recently losing to Kai Kara France by TKO in his flyweight debut. ‘No Love’ was finished by strikes in the first round after the New Zealand native scored a massive knockdown.

Speaking on the “Rollin with the Homies” podcast, Garbrandt told co-host and teammate Chris Holdsworth about his experience in the lead up to the fight.

Camp was great. I felt good, the weight cut was amazing. Rehydration and refuel process was good. I felt great at 125. just got caught with a good punch in there and couldn’t recover”. He later when on to comment that “I still feel like 25 is a great weight for me. I love what I was able to do inside of camp. What I’m taking away from this past camp or the last six months of getting the weight down or three months of camp that we did was just the positive stuff from it.”

However, this successful flyweight camp was not enough to stop him from discussing his options, as he is still eyeing a return 135lbs – his original weightclass. When asked whether he plans to stay at flyweight or move back, he commented:

There’s a lot of good matchups – Sean O’ Malley, I really wanna whoop his ass. That’s a fight that’s looming, that could possibly be my next one. I want that fight.” 

Tensions between Garbrandt and O Malley’ flared at the UFC 269 press conference earlier this December, where heated words regarding the pair’s resumes were exchanged. This led to the two finding themselves squaring off against one another “for the future” – in the words of O’Malley. Unsurprisingly, the two were quickly separated. Whilst Cody went onto lose, O’ Malley scored a TKO win over Garbrandt’s teammate Raulian Paiva, as well as being handed a $50,000 performance of the night bonus.

C0dy also gave credit to O’Malley’s outing that night.

“You gotta respect his skills. He leveled up a little bit with the Raulian fight… Hats off to him.”

If the fight did ever materialize, not only would it give ‘No Love’ a chance to avenge the loss of his teammate, but it would also give him the opportunity to break O’Malley’s 3-fight win streak and snap his own losing skid.

Since winning the bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at UFC 207, Garbrandt has gone 1:5 and been finished in 4 of those losses. This however has not deterred him. Going into 2022, Garbrandt’s goals are clear.

Be back in the gym, in the full swing of things. The goal is still the same – to be the best. To be the best fighter I can be. I’m not in this to be runner up or to just be in the roster”. 

By Ben Matthews

Aspiring journalist in the UK. Currently studying for a degree in Journalism and Publishing from BSU.