Cody Garbrandt has once again found himself in the spotlight, this time for a short but succinct tweet in which he confirmed his desire to move up in weight to take on two of the UFC’s current champions.
Ever since his dominant win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 207, the star power of Team Alpha Male’s Garbrandt has gone through the roof. His performance against the former bantamweight champion was one that spoke volumes not only about his skill as a fighter but also shed light on his magnetic confidence and showmanship.
Garbrandt has all the makings of a future star and despite being pegged for a coaching stint opposite heated rival TJ Dillashaw on the next season of the Ultimate Fighter, has clearly begun the process of setting himself up for some big-money fights if he does indeed emerge with his title reign intact.
The UFC have most certainly done a good job by pitting the champ and his former teammate against each other, given their somewhat turbulent history, but regardless of the result of their inevitable match-up, Garbrandt – at 25 years of age – most definitely has time on his side and may well be a solid fixture in the lighter weight-classes for years to come if he continues to improve as he has.
Now, in a tweet posted to his official Twitter account, ‘No Love’ has put forth his own long-term plan as the bantamweight division’s champion in the form of a ‘hitlist’ that lays out – in chronological order – the next three fights he is looking to get himself signed to in the near future, provided he can get the win against the first of the trio, the highly-dangerous and motivated Dillashaw.
You can’t knock the young American for his ambition with this one. Of course in Dillashaw you have a former champion who really is long overdue his second shot at the belt and at the same time, is definitely someone who could very well end this year with it strapped around his waist. José Aldo holds the 145lb title as of right now and for many, is one of the greatest to ever don the gloves and in Conor McGregor, you have a fighter whose own career path has seen him fight as high at welterweight, with rumours of another flirtation with the 170lb division still very much in the minds of the MMA community.
Who knows if Garbrandt will get himself all of these fights or even any of them, but for now, all we can do is admire his attitude and look ahead to getting to know him better over the course of what will be the 25th season of the Ultimate Fighter.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena