Cody Garbrandt targets March return to UFC, hopefully in home state of Ohio

LOS ANGELES – Cody Garbrandt is on the road to recovery and already has mapped out when and where he’d like to fight next.

The former UFC bantamweight champion is currently sidelined because of a wrist injury and hopes to return in the first quarter of 2020. Speaking to reporters Tuesday during Dominance MMA media day, Garbrandt said he hopes the UFC makes it’s return to his home state of Ohio.

“I’m hoping for March return, hopefully sooner,” Garbrandt said. “I talked to Dana a few days ago. I would like for the UFC to come back to Ohio in March. There’s the Arnold Classic there. It’s a great time to go and do that, so we’ll see. We got Stipe (Miocic) as the champion again, so Stipe fighting in Ohio the home state, I would love to, and that’s where I’m at with that. I’m excited to come back.”

Garbrandt (11-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) had a fast rise in the UFC, capturing the bantamweight title in under two years by putting on a memorable performance vs. Dominick Cruz in December 2016.

But since then, he’s dropped three in a row, which has forced “No Love” to sit back and take some time off. However, the consistency of top talent and big names in the 135-pound division has made Garbrandt eager to return.

“I’ve been a little injury prone these last few fights and camps, but I’m taking my time, and I just turned 28. I have a lot of life and fight in me,” Garbrandt said. “My hunger is still – everyday I wake up excited to get back. My division is one of the most entertaining, best divisions in the UFC. You got Frankie coming down, you got Edgar, you got Marlon (Moraes), you got Henry (Cejudo), Dominick’s (Cruz) making his comeback, you got T.J. ‘Pillashaw,’ he’ll probably be back. You know he’s taken his steroids, so it’s a good division. Those are all good guys, so it keeps me excited.”

Having fought four times in 2016, Garbrandt never really took the time to heal past injuries properly, which is why he’s making sure to take the right amount of time to recover from the torn tendon he suffered in his wrist during training.

“I’m not going to rush this recovery process,” Garbrandt said. “I thought when I was younger, especially being the champion, I wanted to defend that as quickly and as much as I could, and four fights in one year, my body it came as a cost, and I was able to become a champion. I tasted it a little bit, and I’m more hungry than I’ve ever been. I have to go back up the mountain a different way, a different path, and I’m excited for that.”

Cody Garbrandt updates wrist injury, timeline for UFC return

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Three years ago, Cody Garbrandt was at the top of the UFC bantamweight division. After three consecutive losses, he went back to the drawing board, but the drawing board threw a wrench in the works. Garbrandt damaged his wrists in training. 

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Having been on the sidelines since March, Garbrandt is now eyeing his return and recently provided an update on his injuries and the timeline for his next fight.

Cody Garbrandt: I starch one more guy, I’m fighting Henry Cejudo

LAS VEGAS – Injuries are Cody Garbrandt’s biggest opponent right now. But the ex-UFC bantamweight champ is confident he’ll be back at the top soon.

Garbrandt is targeting a return to the cage in early 2020 after a pair of wrist injuries. And he believes a title shot against current champ Henry Cejudo isn’t far out of reach, he told MMA Junkie.

“I starch one more guy, I’m back to fighting Henry,” he said. “I’ve been up the mountain before, and I’m coming back.”

Although Garbrandt specifically mentioned current double-champ Cejudo, whose next title defense is expected at flyweight, he expressed no preference over who he fights for the title. Any comeback ending in a belt is good enough.

Garbrandt tore several ligaments and tendons in his wrist following a knockout loss to Pedro Munhoz in March. He was about to announce his next fight when he re-injured his wrist. He underwent stem cell therapy two weeks ago and received a six- to eight-week estimate for recovery time.

With a 2019 return dashed, Garbrandt said he’ll do whatever it takes to get back his title.

“I believe I am the best, and you’ve got to prove to yourself that you are the best,” he said. “It’s always me vs. me; it’s never about my adversary. If I’m good with myself, and I go in there at peace with myself, that guy across there is going to have a bad night.”

Garbrandt was in Las Vegas at the Olympia Weekend Expo to help promote the release of Limitless’ new line of health and fitness products. To hear more from “No Love,” check out the video above.

Cody Garbrandt injured, out until 2020

Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is injured and will not be able to return to the Octagon until 2020 after he undergoes surgery.

Garbrandt tore a tendon in a training session last week and he will not be able to resume training until he has surgery and recovers from it. He was previously on track to return in late 2019, but will now be sidelined until next year.

Garbrandt’s manager Ali Abdezlaziz confirmed with the news of his client’s injury, but he refused to elaborate any more about it.

Garbrandt (11-3) is currently mired in a three-fight losing skid that includes three brutal knockout losses, twice to former champion TJ Dillashaw and once to Pedro Munhoz. When Dillashaw tested positive for banned substances earlier this year and was forced to vacate his belt, it was the perfect opportunity for Garbrandt to jump back into the title mix. But with this latest injury, it will of course be a while until he’s able to be a contender again.

“No Love” won the UFC bantamweight title in an upset over Dominick Cruz back at UFC 207 in December 2016. That was actually the last time Garbrandt won a fight inside the Octagon. When he returns in 2020, he will need to make up for lost time with a couple big wins.

All told, Cody Garbrandt has a 6-3 overall record inside the Octagon. He is still only 28-years-old, so when he does return to the UFC he will still be on the right side of 30. But at this point, he’s no longer a top contender in the stacked UFC bantamweight division. He will need to show his prior form when he returns from this long layoff if he wants anyone to believe he can actually challenge current champ Henry Cejudo.

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Ex-UFC champ Cody Garbrandt schedules surgery, sidelined until early 2020

Cody Garbrandt is dealing with more injury woes, which will put him under the knife.

Garbrandt (11-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), the former UFC bantamweight champion, suffered a torn tendon that will keep him out of action for the rest of the year.

“No Love” sustained the injury in a training session last week, and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, confirmed in a text message to MMA Junkie that surgery has been scheduled. It’s unclear which tendon specifically that Garbrandt tore.

This comes on the heels of Garbrandt revealing he was cleared for a return from a hand and wrist injury. The early timeline has Garbrandt, who hasn’t competed since a first-round knockout loss to Pedro Munhoz in March, seeking a return to the octagon in the first quarter of 2020.

In recent years Garbrandt has navigated through a back injury and a broken hand. Now this latest injury can be added to the list.

Garbrandt has lost three fights in a row after starting his career 11-0.

Man jailed for using photo of Cody Garbrandt on Tinder in Catfish Scam

A Welsh supermarket worker has been jailed after using a photo of former UFC champ Cody Garbrandt in a Tinder catfish scam.

According to police reports obtained by MMAJunkie, 30-year-old Paul Davies used a photo of Cody Garbrandt as his Tinder profile under a phony name, Aaron Edwards, this while posing as a successful businessman who worked as a regional manager for Audi and lived in a sweet penthouse apartment.

According to the BBC, Swansea Crown Court heard that Davies used a photo of Cody Garbrandt to attract vulnerable women to his Tinder profile. Soon after gaining their confidence, Davies began “spinning stories” to lay the groundwork for requests for money to help fund his gambling addiction.

Paul Davies ultimately attracted several different women to his page, and after one individual handed him over ten thousand USD, a friend noticed that his picture was actually of Cody Garbrandt. She quickly informed her friend that she had been catfished. The police have said he did the same thing to seven other girls, who in total between the seven gave him near $9,500 USD.

Paul Davies has been jailed for 34 months for eight counts of fraud by false representation at Swansea Crown Court.

As for Cody Garbrandt, the former UFC bantamweight champion is taking some time off following his third straight knockout loss which occurred at the hands of Pedro Munhoz this past March.

Prior to his first round setback to Munhoz, ‘No Love’ was coming off back to back TKO losses to bitter rival TJ Dillashaw. Garbrandt has said that he would like to return to action at November’s UFC 244 in New York City.

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This article first appeared on July 27, 2019

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