Cody Garbrandt Says He Will KO Jose Aldo in the Early Rounds

Published 01/28/2021, 7:32 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 02: Cody Garbrandt walks to the octagon in his bantamweight bout during the UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Cody Garbrandt spoke to MMAFighting and laid out his vision for making a huge splash in the new calendar year. ‘No Love’ who hasn’t fought since UFC 250 has his sights set on a massive bout against Jose Aldo. The former featherweight champion, who has moved down in weight, competed for the vacant 135-pound title against Petr Yan, but came up short.

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Despite the unsuccessful attempt to capture another world title, Aldo came as a major threat to pick up the win. Not to mention, he still possesses significant name value, even though he’s suffered some unfortunate losses. MMA fans and pundits still debate his place as the GOAT of the lower weight classes, by virtue of the strength of schedule he’s maintained.

Cody Garbrandt sets his scope on Jose Aldo

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The former bantamweight champion in Cody Garbrandt was to fight Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 255 before suffering several maladies. The hiatus wasn’t enough to deter his spirit, and he’s got lofty goals to scalp more championships. Garbrandt’s demeanor was focused and concise as he ran down his feelings about making a comeback.

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)

“For me, it’s risk vs reward, it’s a high-risk, big reward, and that’s what I’m all about. I wanna have those fights that scare you. I wanna have those fights that get you motivated, to train hard and be focused from the start of camp to the end of the fight. Till the last bell sounds or till your hands is raised, in the simplest form, no disrespect, no sh*t-talking.

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“I truly believe I’m confident, I’ll knock him out early, but I do want a five-round fight to see if he’s battle-tested enough to go five rounds so I can push the pace and drown him in there. But I know I’ll knock him out. I’ve seen it, I’ve visualized it, and that’s what I’m locked on. My eyes are locked on Jose Aldo.”

Garbrandt’s laser focus outlook on the fight-game can potentially be very dangerous for all who will step into his wake. He’s a very marketable former champion, and the UFC will give him opportunities so long as the wins come in. Moreover, if his last KO win was any indication, an Aldo match-up next could be massive for his career trajectory.

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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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