Cody Garbrandt is one of the best fighters at bantamweight. The former champion dominated the 135 division all the way up until his title fight against Dominick Cruz. On his run to the title, Cody showed impressive talent and conquered every single opponent put in front of him.
However, things have not looked very good for ‘No Love’. He lost his belt in his first title defense against arch Rival TJ Dillashaw. He also lost the rematch against Dillashaw before succumbing to another loss against Pedro Munhoz. Things started to look good for ‘No Love’ after an impressive win over Assuncao. However, injuries have meant that Garbrandt will not be fighting any time soon.
Since pulling out of his fight against Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 255, Cody has been silent. However, in a recent interview, he revealed the injuries that he was dealing with that forced him out of the card.
‘No Love’ said, “Disclaimer from my last post, I was positive for COVID Aug 29th. Since then I have been battling vertigo, tore my vein in my bicep which resulted in finding out I have blood clots, pneumonia and mental fog, these are the symptoms I’ve had and been dealing with and this is the reason I pulled out of the fight. I haven’t done any media, but I’d like to address it on my own terms”
The former champion has always been an incredibly active fighter in 2016, the year he won his title he fought four times, including the title fight.
He has fought only once each year since 2016. Back injuries along with the host of other injuries have meant that Cody has not been able to fight as much as he would have wanted
A three-fight slump is something that is incredibly challenging to get over as a fighter. However, he looked like his former self at UFC 250 when he knocked out Assuncao. The performance was enough to grant him a title shot at flyweight, where he had never fought before.
Cody should be able to recover and fight in early 2021. Unfortunately for him at this point, it looks unlikely that he will get a title shot at 125-pounds when he returns to the sport.
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