Cody Garbrandt
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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.
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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.
Planning eventual move to flyweight
BantamweightUFC
April 5, 2020
Garbrandt (11-3-0) hopes to book a bantamweight fight with Raphael Assuncao before making a move to the flyweight division thereafter, USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
After an 11-0 start to his MMA career, Garbrandt has been trending downward the past two and a half years. In addition to losing all three of his fights since November 2017, Garbrandt hasn't been able to get back in the Octagon for more than 13 months while recovering from wrist surgery along with an unspecified illness. The latter issue forced him to withdraw from a fight with Assuncao at UFC Columbus in late March (the event was ultimately cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic), but the 28-year-old still intends to reschedule a matchup with the Brazilian at a later date. Once that commitment is completed, Garbrandt will turn his focus to dropping down to the 125-pound ranks, a division he believes he'll be more competitive in.
Pulling out of March 28 bout
BantamweightUFC
March 12, 2020
Garbrandt has withdrawn from a March 28 fight against Raphael Assuncao, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Garbrandt has been hospitalized in New Jersey since last weekend. It's still not clear what his ailment is at this point, but the March 28 turnaround was just too fast to be able to compete.
Agrees to fight Raphael Assuncao
BantamweightUFC
December 13, 2019
Garbrandt (wrist) has agreed to fight Raphael Assuncao on March 28 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Both sides have agreed to the 135-pound matchup. Garbrandt, holding an 11-3 record, looks to return from a wrist injury and end his skid of three straight losses against the seasoned veteran Assuncao, who is 27-7 all-time but has lost his last two bouts. In preparing for the fight, Garbrandt has spent time working on striking, seeking help from coach Mark Henry, who has spent time with the likes of Frankie Edgar and Zabit Magomedsharipov. When the fight arrives, Garbrandt will look to win in front of a home crowd, as he grew up in Ohio.
Will undergo surgery
BantamweightUFC
August 16, 2019
Garbrandt (undisclosed) suffered a torn tendon and is scheduled to undergo surgery, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Garbrandt, who hasn't competed in the octagon since March 2019, will reportedly be sidelined until sometime in the first quarter of 2020. The specific tendon is still unknown, but Garbrandt has dealt with injuries to his back, hand and wrist in the past. Garbrandt carries a career 11-3 record in MMA (6-3 UFC).