O’Malley is a top-tier UFC bantamweight who is widely regarded as one of the top prospects in MMA today. He believes that Font will beat Garbrandt in their upcoming fight. ‘Suga’ did, however, note that Garbrandt looked fantastic in his most recent battle.
In an episode of the Timbo Sugar Show podcast, O’Malley weighed in on the bantamweight battle between Garbrandt and Font.
O’Malley said, “I went back and watched Cody vs (Raphael) Assuncao. He (Garbrandt) looked sharp. He looked good. He looked composed. He looked fast. He looked like a championship-level fighter.
“And then I went back and watched Rob vs Marlon (Moraes). Marlon took Rob down right away. Rob had really good defense off his back; just came up on top, Marlon looked for a guillotine…I think he got taken down again.
“But then when they hit the feet, Rob was just throwing some sick combos with bombs attached, dude.”
O’Malley also discussed Font’s reach advantage over Garbrandt in their upcoming fight.
He stated, “Long…There’s no way Cody is 5’8”. He’s close to 5’3” than he is 5’8”…No, he’s probably 5’6”. Dude, this fight’s gonna be sweet. Cody did look f**king good in his last fight. I think Rob might out-strike him, dude.
“I think Rob’s going to be a little bit bigger, a little bit more durable, and maybe eat some shots but land some bombs. He throws sick combos. Did you watch his last fight recently at all? The way he throws his one-twos are f**king sweet.”
Garbrandt has a reach of 65.5 inches, while Font has a reach of 71.5 inches.
O’Malley and his coach Tim Welch emphasised this fact, pointing out how it could hurt Garbrandt in his battle against Font.
Bantamweight championship on the line
Garbrandt, a former UFC bantamweight champion, has seen significant ups and downs throughout his career. He is now attempting to regain the bantamweight belt that he once owned.
Font and O’Malley are yet to retain the UFC bantamweight championship. Both, like Garbrandt, will press on in their pursuit of the word.
The main event of UFC Vegas 27 (May 22nd, 2021) will be a bantamweight battle between top-tier divisional stalwarts Garbrandt and Font. Meanwhile, O’Malley will face Louis Smolka at UFC 264. (July 10th, 2021).