The former UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt is coming back at the UFC’s first domestic pay-per-view event in 2023 at UFC 285.
Cody Garbrandt is set to make his return to the bantamweight division at UFC 285 on March 4, where he will face Julio Arce. Garbrandt, a former bantamweight champion, will be looking to rebound from a tough stretch in his career and reclaim his spot at the top of the division. Arce, meanwhile, is a rising contender who will be looking to make a statement by defeating a former champion in Garbrandt. The matchup between these two fighters is sure to be an exciting one, and fans can expect to see a high-stakes battle when they step into the Octagon on March 4.
Cody Garbrandt will be taking on Julio Arce at UFC 285, which is scheduled for March 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both fighters announced the news on social media, and it was initially reported by Eurosport NL. Garbrandt, a former bantamweight champion, will be returning to his original weight class after a failed attempt at flyweight against Kai Kara-France at UFC 269. In his last six fights, Garbrandt has lost five times, with his only win coming in a last-second knockout of Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250. He was supposed to fight Rani Yahya twice, but the Brazilian had to withdraw due to injury on both occasions.
Julio Arce is coming off a mixed run since moving back down to the bantamweight division. He has a record of 2-2 in this weight class. He defeated Daniel Santos by unanimous decision at UFC 273 in April, but was then defeated by Montel Jackson at UFC 281 in November. Arce will be looking to get back on track with a win over former champion Cody Garbrandt at UFC 285 on March 4.
Here are some of the fights scheduled at UFC 285:
- Jessica Penne vs. Tabatha Ricci
- Farid Basharat vs. Da’Mon Blackshear
- Viviane Araujo vs. Amanda Ribas
- Julio Arce vs. Cody Garbrandt