UFC: Cody Garbrandt Is Targeting Deiveson Figueiredo’s Flyweight Belt
Cody Garbrandt is aiming to become part of the select list of fighters who have won gold in multiple UFC weight classes. After a nearly flawless performance in his last outing at UFC 250 last month, ‘No Love’ is back on the road to becoming an MMA icon.
Recently, Garbrandt spoke to ESPN about his desire to try his luck in the flyweight division, even assuring fans that he has spoken to UFC president Dana White about dropping down in weight.
“As far as I know,” said Garbrandt. “I don’t have a contract in hand, I’m waiting on that. … I talked to Dana when he was on Fight Island and he said, ‘I’ll work on it.’ I just got done working out and I weigh 145 pounds. I don’t cut weight to fight at 135. I can be very dangerous [at 125] and at 135.”
When ESPN asked Dana about the possibility of Garbrandt fighting for the title, the UFC president declared that “Anything is possible”, with a wry smile.
Winning flyweight gold is no simple task; in front stands Deiveson Figueiredo, who currently enjoys a four-fight winning streak with his last three showings ending inside two rounds. In his last contest, the Brazilian displayed outstanding MMA skills when he beat Joe Benavidez at UFC Fight Island 2, to win the title.
Nonetheless, the former champion does not fall short when it comes to success inside the Octagon. Garbrandt had an impressive run to the UFC bantamweight title, with several first-round knockout wins and a dominant victory over all-time great, Dominick Cruz.
Most recently, Garbrandt bounced back from his three-fight losing streak with a spectacular on-the-buzzer knockout win over Raphael Assuncao. Now, ‘No Love’ will attempt to take his accolades to greater heights.
Although ‘No Love’s’ future at flyweight has not been confirmed, an appearance in the division could be a beneficial move for all parties involved. On one hand, the Team Alpha Male fighter will get the chance to attempt another title run in a different division. While on the other, the UFC could use Garbrandt’s star power to draw more eyes to the weight class. Most importantly, however, having the 29 year old at flyweight opens up several potential bouts that fight fans around the world will surely enjoy.
How would do you think Cody Garbrandt would perform against Deiveson Figueiredo at 125lbs?