Cody Garbrandt has seen a lot of ups-and-downs in his UFC career. He was supposed to fight Deiveson Figueiredo but had to pull out due to torn biceps. As he prepares for his return, Garbrandt believes that the only setback for legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was that he wasn’t self-aware of the greatness inside of him. Garbrandt feels that unlike the boxing great, he has overcome that hurdle.
Despite identifying chinks in the armor of Figueiredo, Garbrandt gives him credit for being an unstoppable force. However, at the same time, he feels people keep on forgetting everything that he has achieved in the sport.
“Everyone wants to forget what I’ve done,” Garbrandt said while talking to Brett Okamoto of ESPN. “So you know what like Muhammad Ali said that he was only great. He wished he thought he was greater. I mean, he wanted to just show you how great he is.”
“His only setback was that he didn’t know how great he was truly. I truly know how great I am. Because I had a passion for the sport, the hunger for the sport, I was at the top of the sport. I’d beat one of the best to ever do it in a dynamic fashion. No one’s ever done it.”
Garbrandt is recovering from COVID-19 symptoms, even though he tested positive two months ago. ‘No Love’ said that he is eyeing a return next March. It’s safe to say that whenever ‘No Love’ comes back, a title shot against the flyweight champ will in store for him.
The former 135-pound champ stumbled from the top of his game when he suffered back-to-back losses against T.J. Dillashaw. His mistake of engaging in a stand and trade battle cost him heavily against Pedro Munhoz. However, he broke the three-fight losing skid with a highlight reel finish against Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250.
“I plunged all the way down to rock bottom, where a lot of people would give up and, you know, feed into the demons of doubt. I’ve been there that a lot of these guys that are coming up and fighting this guy [Figueiredo]. They’re just happy, like, I got a title shot. No, I long for that gold belt. I long for that World Championship. I know how powerful it is to have it for me to say that I accomplished, you know, a two-time world champion,” he added.
With an increased time duration to prepare for Figueiredo, Garbrandt would want to be the one to put an end to the reign of the flyweight kingpin. Doing so will also put him on an elite list of fighters who have held two different belts in the UFC.
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