Cody Garbrandt reflects on UFC Vegas 27 loss: I felt like I was battling myself in there | FightBook MMA


Former undisputed UFC bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt has mirrored on his one-sided unanimous determination defeat to Rob Font at UFC Vegas 27 final Saturday — detailing how he felt like he was having an inside battle with himself in opposition to the Massachusetts native.

Garbrandt suffered a relatively one-sided judging defeat to the #3 ranked, Font over the course of their 5 spherical headliner, failing to mount something vital apart from a few early takedowns, in addition to some respectable counter pictures.

Failing to mitigate the stinging jab and ahead stress and movement from Font, Garbrandt was fairly handily outstruck from the second spherical onwards — with a quick comeback within the opening minutes of the fifth spherical coming too late for any actual substantial rally.

The defeat sends Garbrandt again to the dropping column and comes as his fourth loss in his final 5 Octagon appearances. 

Briefly returning to the winner’s enclosure final June at UFC 250 after a slew of three consecutive knockout defeats, the Ohio native turned in a Knockout of the Yr candidate of his personal, within the type of a buzzer-beating second spherical one-punch stoppage of perennial bantamweight contender, Raphael Assuncao.

Booked to fulfill with present flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo in his divisional bow at UFC 255 in November final, Garbrandt was compelled from the matchup after he suffered a bicep damage and contracted a debilitating case of COVID-19 within the lead as much as the combat, which had since left him with lingering well being points reminiscent of vertigo, blood clots, and psychological fog.

Reflecting on Saturday’s defeat to Font in an Instagram stay session following the headlining bout, Garbrandt thanked his followers, earlier than explaining that he felt like he was battling himself within the Octagon.

Rob (Font) was the higher man,” Garbrandt mentioned. “I felt like I used to be combating myself in there, battling myself. I’m not taking something away from him. Congrats to his camp, congrats to him.

Regardless of the defeat, which comes as his fourth in his final 5 Octagon walks, Garbrandt nonetheless has plans to assert one other championship sooner or later, and maintains numerous positives have come off the again of the loss.

A whole lot of positives come from this,” Garbrandt defined. “Brush it off. Get again with my coaches and teammates and we’re nonetheless striving to be one of the best, to be world champion. Typically there’s some adversity that comes alongside in your desires and makes you’re employed tougher and makes you realise what must be performed and it makes it that a lot sweeter once you climb up the mountain.

It wasn’t my night time, however man I get pleasure from this,” Garbrandt continued. “I’ll appropriate my errors and (‘I’m) simply actually grateful. … I combat my coronary heart out for you guys.” (H/T MMA Junkie)

With the defeat, Garbrandt’s promotional document now sits at 7-4 — with notable victories coming in opposition to Marcus Brimage, Thomas Almeida, Takeya Mizugaki, and in his crowning achievement, bested two-time champion, Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 in a unanimous determination masterclass. 


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