BREAKING: Cody Garbrandt Returns From Injury to Face Rob Font in May at UFC Fight Night Main Event

Published 03/19/2021, 12:44 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: Cody Garbrandt battles Raphael Assuncao of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC Fight Night event on May 22 will witness an exciting clash between bantamweight elites Cody Garbrandt and Rob Font. The news first came forth via ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and serves as a massive opportunity for both men. Additionally, there’s a clear possibility that a marquee frontrunner emerges from his match-up to fight for the belt.

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The UFC’s bantamweight division is chalked to the brim with dangerous contenders, and the aforementioned fighters fit that bill. Not to mention, the recent title fight controversy at UFC 259 has sprung around more publicity towards the 135 pounders. As the title picture shapes out, the divisional contenders will want to stack up their cards to run into contention next.

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UFC bantamweights: Cody Garbrandt vs Rob Font

‘No Love’ Garbrandt is coming off a massive KO win over Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250 back in Jane. The clean KO win was an immediate candidate for ‘Knockout of the Year’ and redirected Garbrandt from a three-fight losing streak. Moreover, he’s been on a warpath to enter title contention and a game opponent like Font is the man to do it against.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: (L-R) Cody Garbrandt battles Raphael Assuncao of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Rob Font is on an impressive three-fight winning streak, and he’s certainly earned his shot at the former champion. He’s fresh off a TKO victory over Marlon Moraes that came in the very first round of their contest. Moreover, the manner in which he handled a veteran like ‘Magic’ opened the eyes of many fans.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 18: In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Opponents Marlon Moraes of Brazil and Rob Font face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Font has always been lethal on the feet, and it seems as though his game continues to evolve in a huge way. Moreover, he’s defensively quite responsible, and this will encourage him against a technical brawler like Garbrandt. However, ‘No Love’ has shown that he’s greatly elevated his game and isn’t susceptible to making the same mistakes.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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