Cody Garbrandt Wants a Title Fight Against Deiveson Figueiredo Next, Comments on the Grueling Weight Cut for Flyweight Division

Published 05/20/2021, 5:21 AM EDT


Cody Garbrandt is scheduled to fight Rob Font in a bantamweight clash at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt. Ahead of the fight, Cody ‘No Love’ revealed that he wants a title fight against Deiveson Figueiredo as his next fight. 

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In an interview with ESPN MMA, the former UFC bantamweight champion said, “We’ll talk to Mick, John, Dana, and Ali and see. Like I am not instant, you know. I mean, I would rather kinda fight sooner. Since I am, you know, I just got out of camp, he is in camp.”

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“The only reason I will be going to 25 is if I fight for the title and fight Deiveson Figueiredo. If he is still, you know, this unstoppable force, but he looks very stoppable in the last fight.”

To fight ‘Deus da Guerra’ Garbrandt would have to shed more pounds than he ever has for a UFC fight.

Cody Garbrandt on weight cut for the flyweight division

Many fighters in the UFC face weight cut issues if they decide to step down a weight division. As Garbrandt fights in the bantamweight division, it means he will be stepping down a weight class to fight in the flyweight division. However, ‘No Love’ believes that the weight cut won’t be an issue for him. 

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)

The former champ said – “Not that I am gonna say names but there are a lot of 125 pounders for a fact that are bigger than me. They walk around more than me, weight wise. So, it’s not an issue about making the weight, they won’t be. That’s just about dedication, sacrifice, and dieting for 8 weeks to do that.”

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To conclude, Garbrandt said that after he claims the flyweight title, he will wait and see what’s going on in the bantamweight division.

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Deiveson Figueiredo will defend his UFC flyweight championship title against Brandon Moreno at UFC 263. The pair first clashed at UFC 256 and fought to a thrilling draw, prompting the UFC to book them in a rematch.

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If both Garbrandt and Figueiredo emerge victorious from their next bouts, the UFC might re-book their fight (they were scheduled to fight at UFC 255 in 2020). Would you be excited at seeing this fight take place?

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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