“This One’s For My Soul”- Cody Garbrandt Pens Emotional Message Ahead of UFC 250

Published 06/05/2020, 1:10 AM EDT


Henry Cejudo’s abrupt retirement at UFC 249 blew open the Bantamweight division. Now all fighters at 135 know that a single good fight could propel them up the rankings. UFC 250 will see two Bantamweight fights. One of them features former Champion Cody Garbrandt taking on Raphael Assuncao. Both fighters are on losing streaks and are seeking to spark a quick turnaround. 

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Cody Garbrandt says the UFC 250 fight will be for his soul

The former champion insisted that he was focused purely on his fight and not the other Bantamweight bout. 

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At the pre-fight media interaction, he said, “Sometimes life doesn’t go as you plan, you gotta roll with the punches and keep going. That’s for everybody and I hope I can inspire a lot of people to not give up when they’re going through hard times.

 

“I was on top of the world, I was world champion and had everything on my fingertips. Now I’m on a 3 fight skid, but that never deterred me from what I am. I am the best Bantamweight in the world.

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“And I get to showcase that, June 6 with, refound love of the sport. Passion, fire burning. This one’s for my soul. This is what I need. As much as I try to have that hatred for fighting I’m always pulled back into it because I need fighting more than fighting needs me. And at the end of the day, that’s my purpose. This is how I’m going to hopefully help a lot of people get inspired and motivated.” 

‘No Love’ beat Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 to claim the Bantamweight Championship and register his 11th consecutive MMA win. At the time, he had never tasted defeat. However, the next year, he dropped the title in his first defense to T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217. In the following year, ‘No Love’ failed in his attempt to recapture the title, falling to Dillashaw once more by TKO.

Later he took on Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235 but was stopped in round one. Now the former champion hopes to regain his mojo and begin his ascent up the ladder after 15 months away from the sport.

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Will ‘No Love’ be able to claim a massive win?

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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