Cody Garbrandt Announces Plan to “Really Save” The UFC’s Flyweight Division
By FCF Staff
Cody Garbrandt still has a bout with bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao in his sights. But after that, “No Love” is planning to drop down to flyweight.
The former bantamweight champ was booked to fight Assuncao on March 28th, at UFC Columbus. Due to the ongoing, coronavirus pandemic, however, the event was cancelled.
More recently, the 28-year-old spoke with ESPN, and Garbrandt relayed the following (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“First we’re focused on Raphael, and that’s still the fight to make and the fight next,” Garbrandt said. “Then go down and really save the flyweight division.”
“I never really cut weight at ’35. I’m looking at going to ’25. That’s what I want to do. I’m young. I can do it. I walk around at 145 pounds. Sometimes after sparring sessions 142, 143. I’m still strong, fast before my weight cut, and I feel I can keep that at ’25. That’s the plan. We spoke about doing this.”
After winning the 135 title in 2016, by defeating Dominick Cruz, Garbrandt (11-3) has dropped consecutive fights to T.J. Dillashaw (twice) and Pedro Munhoz.
Joseph Benavidez faced Deiveson Figueiredo for the vacant flyweight title in February, and the latte won the bout via second round, stoppage. Since Figueiredo missed weight for the contest, however, he was ineligible to win the belt.