“I’m looking at being a two-time weight division champion,” asserts the former UFC Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt

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Cody Garbrandt
Cody Garbrandt

The former UFC Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is returning to action this Sunday to face the number 3rd ranked Bantamweight fighter, Rob Font. This fight will play a major role in deciding the next title contender for the Bantamweight division.

Garbrandt believes a win in this fight will open title shot opportunities for him in the Flyweight division as well. Before this, he was booked to face the Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo but he was ruled out of this fight due to COVID.

Figueiredo is booked to face Brandon Moreno in a rematch and the Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling will face Petr Yan in a rematch. Once both of these fights happen and the dust settles, Cody Garbrandt sees a clear path to go for both titles.

While talking on media day for UFC Vegas 27, Garbrandt says, “I’m looking at being a two-time weight division champion, that’s my goal. I know we have a little bit of a circus act up front with Aljamain and Yan, they have to run that back. Aljamain just had neck surgery, so that’s going to be prolonged for a little bit. “

“I feel like this fight right here is a title eliminator, so I finish Rob on Saturday, I have options. I have options, too, at bantamweight and be next in line for that – it works out perfect for me.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

‘No Love’ continued, “You look back at November and with COVID and the things it took away from my life, but it set me up better with more opportunities. I win this fight on Saturday, I can be next in line for a bantamweight title shot, then Figueiredo and Moreno fight a few weeks after me.”

“Hopefully no one gets injured in there, they can come out unscathed, and we can make that fight happen sooner than later. That’s the perfect world, but a lot of things go on with that.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

Cody Garbrandt also reflects on the health issues he faced due to COVID

Cody 'No Love' Garbrandt
Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt

Cody Garbrandt is coming in this fight with a knockout victory against Raphael Assuncao in June 2020. This win ended his three fights losing streak but just before he was to fight for the Flyweight title, he got affected by COVID.

Talking about it Garbrandt says, “It was basically day-by-day what my body could do, I was on blood thinners. I had pneumonia. I had vertigo; the vertigo was horrible. I had blood clots, as well. It’s almost easier to have an injury than having COVID. I always took COVID serious.”

“People are dying from it. But I take care of myself. I’m healthy, I rest, I recover, I eat well, I’m very conditioned. I thought if I had it, it would be like a flu bug, kind of. Man, it was not a flu bug for me. It was intense.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

Cody Garbrandt’s opponent Rob Font is coming in this fight, riding a three-fight win streak and ‘No Love’ isn’t underestimating him in any sense. He added, “It’s a lot being in a main event, in a high-profile fight, and you’re facing Cody Garbrandt,”

“You’re not facing Marlon Moraes, you’re not facing Ricky Simon, you’re not facing Sergio Pettis. You’re facing a hungry Cody Garbrandt who’s ready to get back to his throne.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

Also Read: ‘The plan is to frustrate him’ – Rob Font reveals his gameplan for his upcoming fight with Cody Garbrandt.