Should Cody Garbrandt Consider Retirement After His Latest Loss at UFC Vegas 27

Published 05/23/2021, 8:11 AM EDT
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)


Recently, Cody Garbrandt fought Rob Font at the UFC Vegas 27 main event. Garbrandt, who had won his previous fight after suffering 3 consecutive defeats, was looking to continue his winning ways. However, things did not go according to plan for the former bantamweight champion.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Garbrandt fought the whole five rounds and did reasonably well but in the end, Font just showed incredible striking acumen to win the fight via a unanimous decision. This loss was Garbrandt’s fourth in his last five fights and that has caused many to believe that this may be the end of his UFC career.

Garbrandt was at one point considered the future of the UFC, but after winning the UFC bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz, everything changed. ‘No Love’ has suffered from various injuries and illnesses since then and that has derailed his career greatly.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

After winning the title against Cruz, Garbrandt faced former teammate T.J. Dillashaw and lost the title to him. In the rematch for the title, ‘No Love’ faired no better as he lost via a first-round TKO. In his next fight against Pedro Munhoz, Garbrandt fought valiantly but was again knocked out in the first round.

These consecutive defeats and that too via TKO made many believe that Garbrandt’s career is over. However, the former champion came back strong in his next fight. ‘No Love’ faced Raphael Assunção at the UFC 250 event and won via a second-round KO.

Is Cody Garbrandt no longer a top-tier fighter?

When Garbrandt won his fight against Assuncao, many believed that the fighter was back to winning ways. However, with ‘No Love’ losing his latest fight against Font, the retirement talks have started again.

When Garbrandt lost three fights in a row, the main concern was not that he had lost, but how he had lost. In two of those fights, ‘No Love’ was knocked out in the first round, while in the third fight he could just manage to reach round 2 before being KO’d.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Cody Garbrandt and Jake Paul Trash Each Other on Twitter After Cody Garbrandt’s Loss

30 days ago

However, what we saw in his fight against Font is that Garbrandt still has it in him to go the distance with top-ranked fighters. Therefore, even though ‘No Love’ lost the fight, retirement at this point seems highly unlikely. Garbrandt is also young, and at 29 years, he still has plenty of time to get back to winning ways.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Whether Cody Garbrandt retires is up to him. However, we as fans would love to see ‘No Love’ back fighting inside the Octagon.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Paras Pande

245 articles

Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT