Cody Garbrandt Hopes to Face New Flyweight Champ Deiveson Figueiredo Next
By FCF Staff
Cody Garbrandt has expressed an interest in dropping down to flyweight in the past, and the former bantamweight champ is doing so again.
Garbrandt (12-3) recently snapped a three-fight losing skid, by knocking out Raphael Assuncao in June. More recently, ‘No Love’ spoke with ESPN, and Garbrandt reported he wants to face Deiveson Figueiredo next.
The latter recently won the UFC’s vacant flyweight title, by choking out Joseph Benavidez (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“As far as I know, I don’t have a contract in hand,” Garbrandt said. “We’re trying to wait on that with Ali and Dana and Sean and Mick. I’ve actually been vocal about going to 125 for quite some time now. We spoke about it in the past before the Assuncao fight. I feel like it’s great. I’m able to do it now still early in my career. I just turned 29. I’m able to go to 125, challenge, and win that title there. (Then,) I’ll go back up to 135 pounds and compete with the best of them there.”
“The sports always evolving so you’ve got to evolve with it,” Garbrandt said. “I have a head coach. I have an offensive coordinator. I’ve got a defensive coordinator. I have every place set up, every coach set up for what I need to reach my goals and my dreams. They’re along for the ride helping me out through the whole process.
“… I think I’ll be able to reign that division for a while – and simultaneously go through bantamweight and do the same. I’m very excited for those tasks at hand and those opportunities to be a two-time, two-weight champ.”
Following Figueiredo’s (19-1) championship win, there has been no consensus on who the new champ might face next.