WATCH: Cody Garbrandt’s Insane One Punch KO Against Raphael Assuncao That Marked His Resurgence

Published 05/20/2021, 1:33 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)


Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is on the cusp of re-entering title contention with a statement performance on Saturday night. ‘No Love’, who was once cruising towards greatness, suffered a tumultuous three-fight skid that jeopardized his overall profile. However, he bounced back with a huge win in 2020 and will look to leave it all in the cage against Rob Font.

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Font, who is one of the grittiest contenders in the division, has enjoyed tremendous success under Tyson Chartier. On Saturday, the 33-year-old will look to etch the biggest win of his career to establish the growing supremacy that the New England Cartel is enjoying. However, given the way Cody Garbrandt looked in his last fight, it’s safe to say that Font is in for a long night.

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In fact, let’s review Cody Garbrandt’s ‘2020 KO of the Year’ candidate win in his last fight that set him back on track.

UFC 250: Cody Garbrandt x Raphael Assuncao

Throughout fight week, Garbrandt discussed how he felt like he was going to showcase a new version under the bright lights. On June 6, 2020, he did just that. ‘No Love’ landed a KO blow over a top contender that captured everyone’s attention. The fight ended at 4:59 of the second round and even until that point, Cody Garbrandt looked renewed.

However, it’s his scintillating KO that fans can’t stop raving about, and rightly so. Assuncao came in off a jumping knee with a sense of reckless abandon. In classic ‘No Love’ style, Garbrandt insisted on pulling out an extremely flashy KO. It began with a well-timed evasive tactic and was followed up by a concussive shot that could have shut the lights out for a middleweight.

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Raphael Assuncao is as seasoned as they come. And even he had no answer for the kind of power and precision being thrown his way. Moreover, he had only been knocked out once before in a 35-fight career. The win was just what Garbrandt needed to get back on track. Now, he’ll be looking to replicate those results against Rob Font.

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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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