Cody Garbrandt Calls Out Henry Cejudo for a Match

Published 12/14/2020, 5:00 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo prepares to fight Dominick Cruz in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has called out “Triple C” Henry Cejudo for a fight. Garbrandt has been out with an injury since his emphatic knockout win over Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250. He was previously slated to fight Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight strap, as the former champion was looking to get down a weight division.

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Injuries halted those plans for “No Love“. He is now looking to make his much-anticipated return to the octagon. And Garbrandt is looking for no easy options. He wants former two-division champion and recently retired Henry Cejudo as his next opponent.

Hey @HenryCejudo looks like it’s us March 6th pick the weight class.. @ufc

— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) December 13, 2020

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A fight between the two former champions will be a treat for the fans. Garbrandt is one of the most talented strikers on the UFC roster. Cejudo is a complete fighter. It will be a fascinating spectacle, no doubt.

Cody Garbrandt has had his ups and downs

Cody Garbrandt became the bantamweight champion back in UFC 207 when he defeated then-champion Dominick Cruz in a spectacular performance. But 2 losses to TJ Dillashaw and then another one to Pedro Munhoz were a major setback for the former champion. He lost all 3 fights by knockout.

Despite being one of the most technically sound fighters, Garbrandt had a bad habit of getting too emotional and getting involved in brawls in his fights. But, he believes he has fixed the mental side of his game and is ready to begin his re-ascent.

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 Messenger“, on the other hand, announced retirement after defending his bantamweight belt at UFC 249 against Dominick Cruz. But at only 33, the former Olympic champion has a lot of fighting left in him.

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However, it looks like Cejudo is currently interested in legacy-defining fights only. He recently indicated he might fight current flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo.

But would the former ‘Champ-Champ’ be interested in battling the former bantamweight champion? He could secure an advantage by declaring that they battle at flyweight- a division where ‘No Love’ is yet to compete at inside the octagon.

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How do you foresee a fight between Garbrandt and Cejudo? What weight class should they fight at?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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