The bantamweight champ has hinted that he and his long-time rival TJ Dillashaw could be set for a potentially riveting encounter at UFC 217 later this year.
Cody Garbrandt is a name that many – purists aside – may not have been overly familiar with about a year ago, but in the time since he has done everything necessary to establish himself as one of the UFC’s most recognizable pound-for-pound stars.
At UFC 207 last December, he did what many considered to be the impossible by outclassing the legendary bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz over five-rounds to win the belt in a matchup where he was the massive underdog. That night, the t-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas bore witness to one of the most impressive title-winning performances in recent memory as ‘No Love’ danced around his highly-evasive opponent and in essence, did to Cruz what he himself had made a career out of doing to other fighters.
A win like that firmly established Cody as the number-1 135lb-r on the planet but following a stint on the Ultimate Fighter opposite his former Team Alpha Male training partner-turned-fiery foe TJ Dillashaw, he found himself entangled in a feud with yet another man who had faced Cruz, one who fell just short, however, of bringing home the UFC belt he so desperately wished to retain.
UFC 213 was originally the event chosen to host this tantalising encounter but after the champ sustained a back-injury, Dillashaw was forced to wait before attempting to take back his title – with him even going as far as to suggest a move to flyweight to take the dominant Demetrious Johnson, but today, following a long period of radio silence, Garbrandt released a tweet that seemed to suggest that this contest is very close to being set in stone once more.
With nothing official out there as of right now, fans can only hope and pray that this fight gets signed, sealed and delivered to us without problems when UFC 217 gets underway at Madison Square Garden, November 4.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena