Garbrandt Wants To ‘Really Save’ The Flyweight Division
Cody Garbrandt plans on moving down to the flyweight division.
The former bantamweight champion is currently on a three-fight losing streak and was set to face Raphael Assuncao next at UFC Columbus last month. However, kidney issues ruled him out of the fight before the event eventually got postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As of now, the goal for “No Love” is to still face Assuncao. However, his next stop afterwards will be at 125 pounds:
“I never really cut weight at ’35,” Garbrandt told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “I’m looking at going to ’25. That’s what I want to go do. I’m young. I can do it. I walk around at 145 pounds. … First we’re focused on Raphael, and that’s still the fight to make and the fight next. Then go down and really save the flyweight division.”
Current bantamweight and former flyweight champion Henry Cejudo had an opinion on the matter as he responded soon after on social media:
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) April 5, 2020
This led to a back-and-forth between the pair — both of whom are interestingly represented by the same manager in Ali Abdelaziz.
It remains to be seen if Garbrandt will be able to make the move to flyweight and be a success there. After all, given his kidney issues where he claimed he was pissing blood, it doesn’t seem to be the smart move.