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November 4, 2017 Cody Garbrandt News
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Garbrandt dropped his UFC Bantamweight Championship to T.J. Dillashaw on Saturday, falling via KO (punches) at 2:41 of Round 2 at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Not a good night thus far for those who entered MSG as champion. Unlike Joanna Jedrzejczyk before him, Garbrandt's night got off to a good start. He controlled Round 1 and may have very well earned a stoppage win had Dillashaw not been saved by the bell. Round 2 was a different story. Cody's defense totally dissolved and TJ was able to hit him with everything but the kitchen sink. Garbrandt's toughness is the sole reason that he lasted as long as he did. Cody has always been a fighter that gets hit a lot, even in his victories. He was hit stunningly little in his fight against Dominick Cruz in which he won the belt, but the issue reared it's ugly head again on Saturday. The loss aside, Garbrandt is one of the best bantamweights in the world and we will see him again in the near future.
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Fantasy AnalysisGarbrandt was scheduled to fight at UFC 213 against Dillashaw, but the title defense was put on hold due to a back injury he suffered during training. A trip to Germany for a stem cell injection has assisted in his treatment of the injury and he will finally return to the Octagon for his first attempt at defending the bantamweight belt after defeating Dominick Cruz by unanimous decision last December. Garbrandt has nine KO/TKO victories in his 11 professional fights, but Dillashaw hasn't been knocked out since his first UFC fight against John Dodson in 2011. In what projects to be a very close matchup, Garbrandt has opened as a slight betting favorite.
Fantasy AnalysisGarbrandt suffered a back injury during training back in May and was sent to Germany for stem cell injection by Dana White. Since then, he has been focused on rehabilitation and conditioning but is looking to possibly take the Octagon in November. There has been talk about "No Love" facing T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 216 in October, but Garbrandt doesn't think he'll be fully healed and ready to go by then.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was speculated that the fight might be called off, and now Garbrandt officially will relinquish the opportunity to defend his title immediately, as his back injury has proven to be too much for him to bear leading up to the July bout. It remains to be seen when Garbrandt will be able to step into the Octagon again, but it could be a matter of months depending on how "No Love" responds to treatment.
Fantasy AnalysisGarbrandt traveled to Germany this weekend for treatment on a back ailment. The bantamweight fighter had been pushing through severe pain during training, but only time will tell how his body responds to the treatment. Dana White states the matchup in July is still on and he believes Garbrandt will fight. However, Garbrandt seems to be up in the air about it as of Friday, as shown via now-deleted posts from his personal Twitter account that implied the fight was off. The UFC is undoubtedly exploring replacement options behind the scenes, just in case Garbrandt is eventually forced to withdraw.
Fantasy AnalysisGarbrandt is one of the hottest fighters currently on the roster. He's won his first 11 professional bouts, as well as his first six with the UFC -- most recently taking the bantamweight title from Dominick Cruz. Although Garbrandt doesn't quite have the experience level of Dillashaw, who has fought 13 times under the UFC banner, he's a much younger fighter with arguable more power. It will be an interesting clash of styles between a striker in Garbrandt, and Dillashaw, who tends to rely on his wrestling background.
Fantasy AnalysisA star has been born. Facing one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and one of the best fighters of all time, Garbrandt easily dominated Cruz. No one has ever been able to hit Cruz with regularity, but Garbrandt landed power shots at will. Whenever Cruz attempted to return fire - Cody was nowhere to be found. It was obvious from watching that Garbrandt's footwork wasn't as smooth as Cruz's, but it was also abundantly clear that Cruz couldn't match the challenger's head or hand speed. Cody did a bit too much showboating at times, although that wasn't entirely unexpected in a fight that had a lot of back-and-forth sparring leading up to it. Many people thought that Garbrandt entered this fight as a power puncher who couldn't do much else, but he proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that isn't the case. This wasn't a fluke one-punch knockout. Garbrandt dominated Cruz over the course of 25 minutes. His cardio never wavered and he easily ate anything that Cruz threw his way. It's a near certainty that Garbrandt's first title defense will come against former champion T.J. Dillashaw, who also won on Friday with an exceptional effort against John Lineker.
Fantasy AnalysisGarbrandt had been calling Cruz's name every since a first-round knockout victory over Thomas Almeida in May, but the UFC made him prove himself again with an August matchup against Takeya Mizugaki. Garbrandt far from disappointed in that matchup, cashing in another knockout in a fight that did not make it out of the first round. UFC brass will now grant "No Love" his title shot, though Cruz will be a significant step up in competition. Nine of Garbrandt's 10 professional victories have came via knockout, but Cruz has never been stopped in his 23-fight professional career. He uses elite technique and footwork to avoid those power shots, so Garbrandt will need to fight both intelligently and patiently if he wants a realistic chance at the belt.
Fantasy AnalysisIf the UFC wants to rush Garbrandt into a title shot against Dominick Cruz, now would appear to be the time. It was another flawless, violent performance from No Love. The finish came when Garbrandt extended his left hand just to gauge the distance between himself and his opponent, and then unloaded a huge right hand that buckled Mizugaki, and led to referee Big John McCarthy stepping in and stopping the bout. Garbrandt is now 5-0 in the UFC, with four KO/TKO wins, three of which have come in Round 1. He has insane power for a bantamweight, and it would be extremely interesting to see if his aggressive style of striking would work against a fighter who has the best footwork in all of MMA in Cruz. With no other clear option that makes sense, the odds are probably better than 50/50 that No Love is getting the next bantamweight title shot.
Fantasy AnalysisUndefeated as a pro and fresh off his demolishment of Thomas Almeida in May, Garbrandt is flying up the UFC's bantamweight rankings. He's young, marketable, and the company is doing a terrific job of putting him in important, but not overwhelming, fights. A powerful striker with an underrated grappling game, it's easy to see why many people think Garbrandt is a potential future champion at 135 pounds.
Fantasy AnalysisOn the biggest stage, in the biggest fight of his career, Garbrandt rose to the occasion. He peppered Almeida from the opening bell, displaying a power and speed advantage that few saw coming. Most thought Garbrandt's clearest path to victory in this fight was to implement his wrestling skills, but he decided to stand and trade with Almeida and he got the far better of it. Cody proved on Sunday that he is capable of performing on the big stage. It remains to be seen how quickly the UFC plans on pushing the 24-year-old Team Alpha Male product, but they aren't going to be able to hold him down for long. He is young and marketable.
Fantasy AnalysisAlthough Garbrandt enters this fight undefeated, facing Almeida is a tall task. The 24-year-old Garbrandt doesn’t have much professional experience, and this will be the first time in his career that he faces an opponent who can better his skills on the feet. Still, Garbrandt has legitimate knockout power, and while he is a clear and deserving underdog, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him pull off the upset. The real challenge for Garbrandt will come if this fight turns into anything other than a kickboxing match. Getting into a slugfest with Almeida is a terrible idea, but it also seems likely to be Garbrandt’s clearest path to a potential victory.
Fantasy AnalysisGarbrandt at Lineker were originally supposed to square off in the octagon Sunday in Pittsburgh, but Lineker was forced out of the bout due to a case of Dengue fever. Once the Brazilian receives medical clearance, the two fighters will set a new date for the matchup. Symptoms of this illness typically take 10-14 days to recede, which puts the two out of contention for UFC 196 in March, but considering that Garbrandt barely exerted himself in Sunday's TKO victory, the two could settle their score as early as April.
Fantasy AnalysisKnowing full well the ground skills of his opponent, "No Love" smartly kept this fight on the feet and this was the expected result. The UFC would be smart to try and rebook the original expected matchup between Garbrandt and John Lineker. The 24-year-old Team Alpha Male product has a world of ability, but he is yet to face a guy in the UFC who would be considered a real threat. Lineker would provide that, but it would also be a fight that Garbrandt would certainly be capable of winning.
Fantasy AnalysisLong known as a guy who just loves to fight, Garbrandt was originally supposed to fight John Lineker, but he agreed to accept a battle anyone the UFC could find after Lineker had to withdraw due to illness. Garbrandt is known for his striking and he figures to be in no danger if this remains a kickboxing match, but he has to be especially careful on the ground against a guy with the submission skills of Mendes. This is a closer fight than the Vegas line would indicate.
Fantasy AnalysisGarbrandt was originally scheduled to face John Lineker in the bantamweight bout, but Lineker was forced to drop out of the contest due to a case of Dengue fever. Mendes is a tough fight to take on short notice, as the 32-year-old is undefeated in his MMA career, and has spent time training in tough camps such as Soul Fighters BJJ and The MMA Lab. It's a bit surprising that Garbrandt would take a potentially-challenging fight that does little to advance his status in the division, but it will surely keep in him the good graces of the UFC.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite the fact he had a big speed advantage on the feet, Garbrandt wasn't particularly active until the third round, although he did land some big shots. You can tell that he has talent, but it's also quite obvious that he's still learning the finer points of MMA, which is understandable for a guy who only has seven professional fights. Most importantly, Garbrandt needs to work on his striking defense. He ate a lot of jabs from Briones. Far too many considering the speed advantage that he had. It was a solid performance, but not a great one.
Fantasy AnalysisFight out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Garbrandt is viewed as arguably the brightest young prospect in the bantamweight division. It's not very often you see a guy who is in his second UFC bout as a -600 favorite. The odds makers don't give Briones much chance to stop the Garbrandt hype train on Saturday.