WATCH: Cody Garbrandt Shares Altercation with Southwest Airlines for Kicking Him Out

Published 03/04/2021, 9:16 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: 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)


Former UFC bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt, took to social media and shared a rather unpleasant run-in with Southwest Airlines. ‘No Love’ relayed the news to his followers that he was being kicked out of the airline and he filmed the process. Chiefly, his two-year-old son wasn’t wearing a mask on board and this came in as the reason for his removal.

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Garbrandt appeared livid as he paced around the airline and filmed the cabin crew as well. Moreover, he picked up a quick shot of the pilots in the cockpit who weren’t wearing masks either. The whole experience seemed rather contentious from the minimal footage that was gathered by the former undisputed 135-pound champion.

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There was a certain portion of the MMA community that had written off Cody Garbrandt following his slew of losses. However, with a renewed approach to the fight game, it seems like there are championships lined up in his future. It’s about figuring out the right fights that will help direct him back to the undisputed championship.

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)

The bantamweight division is one of the most exciting currently listed on the roster with an embarrassment of riches. The division is infested with talent all the way down the ranks, and there are no easy fights in the weight class. Chiefly, UFC 259 this weekend is the newly minted champion, Petr Yan’s first title defense against Aljamain Sterling.

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Garbrandt has a massive fan-following, and the UFC has shown their faith to push him towards gold in the past. Additionally, Garbrandt is one of the few bantamweights who have introduced their name to make a run at flyweight. A run at Deiveson Figueiredo’s flyweight title is an option as Cody Garbrandt builds a winning streak.

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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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