Former undisputed UFC bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt has claimed he is happy as his new flyweight limit, despite suffering a divisional debut knockout loss to Kai Kara-France earlier this month at UFC 269. And insists he is still gunning for a grudge match with bantamweight striker, Sean O’Malley in the future.
Garbrandt, a former one-time undisputed UFC bantamweight champion, featured at UFC 269 earlier this month, in a much-anticipated flyweight division drop, however, the Ohio native landed in the weight class with a rather one-sided first round knockout loss to City Kickboxing finisher, Kara-France.
The defeat came as Garbrandt’s fifth in his last six Octagon appearances, and his fourth knockout loss in that same timeframe.
Garbrandt’s sole victory in between losing the title and subsequent rematch to T.J. Dillashaw, knockout losses to Pedro Munhoz, and Kara-France, as well as decision defeat to Rob Font – came with a thunderous buzzer-beating finish of Raphael Assuncao back at UFC 250.
Despite his knockout loss to Kara-France in December, Garbrandt maintains he is overall happy with his decision to test flyweight waters, noting how straightforward his weight cut to the limit was.
“The camp was great, felt good, the weight cut was amazing,” Garbrandt said on the Rollin’ With The Homies podcast. “Rehydration, refuel process was good, I felt good at 125. I just got caught with a good punch in there and I just couldn’t recover. After I got hit with the punch, got back up, kinda felt, ok, to where I was moving, coming forward, but I still wasn’t like all there and then I took him down, and then we got into a scramble and came back to our feet and it just felt like I was on a slant.”
As far as what’s to come next for the former champion, Garbrandt has not entirely shut the door on his bantamweight tenure, and admitted that a fight with the previously noted, O’Malley, piques his interest.
“Like I said, I felt great at 125,” Garbrandt said. “I think that’s something I have to decide, whether I – 35, 25, I feel great at both. I think if I went to 35, I would do things a little differently. Keep my weight up throughout the camp.”
“There’s a lot of good matchups – Sean O’Malley, I really want to whoop his ass,” Garbrandt said. “That’s a fight that’s looming. Hopefully, that could possibly be my next one. I want that fight so I’d like to stay 1t 35. He might fight me now because I’m not in the rankings at 35 and he’s ranked so that’ll be a good fight. You’ve got to respect his skills, he levelled up a little bit with the Raulian (Paiva) fight, caught him early on, but we know that. The only way he was gonna win was catching him early on and he did that. He did his job, hats off to him. He’s now in the rankings so I have to go back up to 25 and whoop his ass, but we’ll decide, we’ll figure it out.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)
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