Cody Garbrandt, the former UFC bantamweight champion, has one of the most impressive records in the UFC roster. In addition to wrestling and boxing, ‘No Love’ has also played football before entering MMA.
Garbrandt engaged in a variety of sports as a child in Uhrichsville, California, in order to turn his anger into something positive. He excelled at any sport with ease thanks to his natural abilities.
Garbrandt was a linebacker for the Claymont Mustangs football team during his junior year and earned All-State honours. He was later named a senior national All-American in 2010. Maxpreps.com has Garbrandt’s high school numbers.
Garbrandt, a former NCAA Division Two wrestler, concentrated on his wrestling and boxing career in his senior year because he was more interested in action sports. He finished his amateur boxing career with a 32-0 record.
During his amateur career, the 29-year-old’s fighting style won him the nickname ‘No Love’. After dropping out of Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio, the Team Alpha Male member began his pro-MMA career in 2012.
Three years later, he joined the UFC octagon and defeated Marcus Brimage via TKO.
Garbrandt to face Font next
Garbrandt was sidelined after three straight defeats in the bantamweight division. He made a comeback against Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250 last year. ‘No Love’ earned the victory with a spectacular punch at the end of the second frame.
After that, the Ohio native agreed to drop to flyweight and challenge Deiveson Figueiredo for the undisputed title. However, he had to withdraw from the battle due to health concerns. As a result, with Figueiredo preoccupied with the rematch against Brendon Moreno, Garbrandt’s flyweight title ambitions have come to a halt.
He will now face rising bantamweight Rob Font at UFC Vegas 27 instead of falling to 125 pounds. Font is coming off a stunning victory over former title challenger Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 183 in December 2020. In an interview with James Lynch, the Boston native recently disclosed his game plan for the upcoming fight.
“I’m simply going to annoy him with that jab. Up-down, keep moving in and out, side to side on him…pick and choose my shots from there,” Font said.
The official poster for the upcoming bantamweight main event clash has been released.