Cody Garbrandt Wants Jose Aldo Next: Doesn’t Want to Wait for Deiveson Figueiredo

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January 13, 2021 12:07 pm

Former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt spoke to Aaron Bronsteter from TSN and revealed his future plans. ‘No Love’ revealed that he was keen to fight Jose Aldo sometime in April before fighting for a world title. Chiefly, Garbrandt was on his way to fight Deiveson Figueiredo but had to pull out due to injury.

Alex Perez stepped into the cage in place of Garbrandt, and Figueiredo soundly defeated him. Not to mention, the 125-pound champion went on to face Brandon Moreno at UFC 256 and the exciting fight ended in a draw. The two will run in back and Cody Garbrandt isn’t keen to sit on the sidelines and wait.

Getting a win over featherweight GOAT Jose Aldo would be a massive statement heading into a fight with the champion. Additionally, it will be a chance for him to show fans that he’s ready to take on any stylistic challenge.

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‘No Love’ spoke out on keeping a fight with Aldo if Figueiredo is tied up. Additionally, he also shared his views on making a cut down to flyweight and it seems like an easy prospect.

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)

“I’m fully confident, I don’t cut weight to 35. I’ll have to diet to 25 but it still won’t be a drastic cut, it will be a healthy cut. Right now 143 pounds so I’m either gonna keep my weight low to go to the 25’s and wait and see or I’m gonna bulk up a little bit and fight Aldo so I feel good right here. I feel strong, feel fast.”

‘I’m Just Leveling Up’- Garbrandt

Moreover, Cody Garbrandt couldn’t help but go after Deiveson Figueiredo while discussing his skill set. The former bantamweight champion believes that the match-up is extremely favorable for him and for the style he possesses.

“Like you said, Figueiredo is a great match-up for me. He’s flat-footed, he throws single shots, he doesn’t like the wrestling. A lot of people don’t know my ground game in wrestling, I can put it on anybody in the world. There’s a lot of things which are variables in the fight that lean towards me. I have a supreme confidence, especially watching him get tagged up by Moreno’s jab.”

“I know my jab can snap people’s heads back and then obviously the other power shots put his lights out. He showed a lot of holes in his game, tough guy, went in there and had a good fight, back and forth but a lot of the guys have a lot of holes in the game and I felt like I’m just leveling up.”

It is largely unclear about the way in which the UFC will go about shaping the future of the flyweight division. The 125-pound weight class which was once near extinction is now one of the most popular divisions that the company has on its roster.

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Darryl Pinto

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. Having competed in MMA at a collegiate level, he makes a conscious attempt to integrate an athlete's breakdown of MMA techniques like striking, defense and grappling into his penmanship of the sport as he seeks to give the reader a well-rounded point of view. Before becoming the lead MMA writer, Darryl has also written articles for the NFL and boxing divisions. He began watching UFC 11 years ago at UFC 117 when Chael Sonnen went to war against the middleweight GOAT Anderson Silva.

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