Why Did Cody Garbrandt and Danny Pimsanguan Divorce? All About ’No Love’s Ex-Wife & the Mother of His Son

Published 12/11/2023, 1:03 PM EST

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Cody Garbrandt has had a difficult 2023. The former bantamweight champion has previously been very open about his separation from his wife. In fact, it was in 2021 that he first opened up about his personal struggles that hurt him to the extent that he lost his first fight at 125 pounds. So, what was it all about?

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Garbrandt recently confirmed that he and his wife, Danny Pimsanguan had gotten divorced. The 32-year-old has a five-year-old son with the model and mixed martial arts practitioner named Kai Fisher Garbrandt. Here’s everything you need to know about their separation and the couple.

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‘No Love’ had been absent from combat for over a year before he took down Trevin Jones at UFC 285. Now, his next battle will take him to the cage against Brian Kelleher at UFC 296. But perhaps, the biggest fight he had to endure was the one fought outside of the cage.

Garbrandt’s ex-wife, Danny Pimasanguan is a model and a social media influencer who has previously been linked with the modeling agency called “Wet Republic Ultra Pool”.  The two got married in 2017 after meeting at Pinnacle FC. Now, years later, their divorce has come through.

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“Let me be honest with you, with that fight,” Garbrandt said about his UFC 269 loss, “I felt good in the sense of the weight cut went good, but outside of that, my life was in shambles. It wasn’t good. I wasn’t in a good place. I wasn’t happy. I went through the motions.” Kai Kara France may have defeated Garbrandt but it was truly his mental state that ate at him.

Many suspected his weight-cut for the fight was what bothered him but according to him, it was something else entirely. “I ended up getting divorced. Before my fight, selling my house the week of my fight. I have a son who was three years old, four years old at the time. I come from a split family, I didn’t want that, but I had to make some life changes.” A lengthy and painful divorce later, he’s on track to fight again. Is he feeling any better now?

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Garbrandt may be better off now

After his Trevin Jones fight, Garbrandt showed some signs of a better mental state. He spoke about how he’s coming to terms with life and being a co-parent. He claimed that he and his former partner are much better the way things are now. Here’s what he told the press.

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“I was finally able to handle that and move forward. She’s happy and I’m happy and our kid’s flourishing,” he told the press. “When I tell you this I feel great, I feel awesome, I had a great camp, I truly did for this fight . . . I’m just excited to go out there and perform. I’m a performer, I’m an entertainer. I’m just excited to be back in this position, this energy, this love. I guess you can call it a passion for this sport.” Garbrandt will now take on his next opponent, Brian Kelleher at UFC 296. Will you be rooting for the fighter to take a win?

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Prit Chauhan

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I'm Prit Chauhan, and I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. I've been in the writing business for three years, covering areas like mass media marketing, and even tried my hand at fiction. My experience includes research work at the University of California, Berkeley, which helps me spin fact-based stories about the world of Mixed Martial Arts effortlessly.
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