Only days after he ascended to the summit of the UFC’s bantamweight division with a unanimous decision win over Dominick Cruz, Cody Garbrandt has revealed that he is eyeing fights above 135lbs.
During an appearance on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Garbrandt told Ariel Helwani that super-fights against the champions of the two weight-classes situated immediately north of his are the most appealing to him right now.
“I need to sit down with Dana [White] and Sean [Shelby] and find out the biggest money fight for me,” said the 25-year-old. “I know I can go up and fight with Jose Aldo. You know he has wins over my teammates, he’s a legend and I’d like to test his chin. I know I hit hard and I’m just getting started.”
“I also know the biggest fight is Conor [McGregor]. I could easily go up. My homie Nate Diaz choked him out. I can’t believe he is the pound for pound number two on the list when he got choked out. You know, there are a lot of fights for me in the division and I’m young enough to go up.
“I want the biggest money fight for me right now.”
It’s not exactly a major shock that the names Aldo and McGregor came tumbling out of Garbrandt’s mouth. He is young, ambitious, and talk of super-fights seems to be all the rage right now.
A fight with featherweight champion Aldo is one that could potentially be pieced together, although the Brazilian has been talking about a possible move to 155lbs and should he stay at 145lbs, he will have to face the division’s interim champion, Max Holloway.
A massive 20lbs separates the division in which Garbrandt reigns supreme and lightweight, where McGregor is king. But the Irishman has not ruled out a return to 145lbs as of yet. Even if McGregor did, however, Garbrandt said that he would be willing to jump up beyond even the featherweight limit for a chance to battle ‘The Notorious’.
“I’d go up to a 150-pound catchweight with him,” said the Team Alpha Male fighter. “I’m the biggest fight for Conor in the division, you know. I’m a rising star.”
There is a little history between McGregor and Garbrandt too, a fact that would make a showdown between the pair very easy to market.
When McGregor coached opposite Garbrandt’s mentor Urijah Faber on season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, he was involved in a minor scuffle with ‘No Love’.
“Me and Conor had the beef on The Ultimate Fighter,” said Garbrandt. “I mean I have nothing against the guy as a fighter. It’s a business to me. But I’ll tell you something, if somebody put their hands on me and I didn’t do shit about it, I’d be wanting to get them back each time.”
Right now, this fight doesn’t seem like a real possibility, but it could be one for the future.