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To fight Font on May 22
BantamweightUFC
March 18, 2021
Garbrandt will fight Rob Font at the UFC Event on May 22, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Withdraws from upcoming fight
BantamweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
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 BJPenn.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Emphatic return to win column
BantamweightUFC
June 6, 2020
Garbrandt defeated Raphael Assuncao via KO (punch) at 4:59 of Round 2 at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was the second vicious walk-off knockout of the night. Fighting with a renewed sense of purpose, Cody looked calm and comfortable. He took his time and battered an aging Assuncao at every turn. This was no contest in terms of the power and speed edge Garbrandt held. The finish came when Cody ducked down before uncorking a monumental right hand that cracked Assuncao's jaw and knocked him out cold. It was a brilliant effort, but one that didn't answer the biggest concern regarding Garbrandt. Cody is known as a fighter who fights far too emotionally at times, and he didn't have to deal with that on Saturday because Assuncao never had him in trouble. To Cody's credit, he acknowledged this issue in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan and realizes it's something he had to work on. Time will tell if the problem is fixed or not. There had been talk of Cody potentially moving up to featherweight following this fight, but he spoke highly of the massive talent crop at 135 pounds in the Rogan interview, and it appears as if he will stay at bantamweight for now. He'll also go home with an extra $50,000 in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus.
Booked for June 6 fight
BantamweightUFC
April 28, 2020
Garbrandt (11-4-0), who withdrew from a March 28 bantamweight fight at UFC Columbus with Raphael Assuncao (27-7-0) due to kidney issues, is now scheduled to face Assuncao on June 6 at a UFC Fight Night event at a yet-to-be-determined location, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Shortly after Garbrandt withdrew from UFC Columbus, the event was postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. in the month that has followed, Garbrandt has apparently made a full recovery from the medical issue, so he'll be ready to go in June to take on Assuncao in what could be the 28-year-old's final fight in the bantamweight division. Garbrandt said earlier in April that he plans on moving to the flyweight division following the bout with Assuncao.