Once again the UFC will have to redesign their international fight week card as Cody Garbrandt has confirmed his unavailability for UFC 213.
This follows UFC 200’s main events (McGregor v Diaz 2 and Jones v Cormier 2) being cancelled in 2016. While UFC 189 lost its main event after Jose Aldo was forced to pull out with injury in his title defence versus Conor McGregor.
Now sadly for all involved, Cody Garbrandt will not take part in the scheduled title defence with TJ Dillashaw. Garbrandt has been suffering with a back injury for quite some time now. It was hoped that stem cell surgery in Germany might help aid the bantamweight champion.
BJ Penn.com have reported that Garbrandt is now officially out with injury, and Garbrand’t own Facebook activity appears to corroborate that.
When asked how therapy had gone, Garbrandt responded:
“4 more weeks of recovery! Then I can slowly start to train and test it out”
With this news the elephant in the room was addressed as Garbrandt responded to questions of his availability for the July event:
“No I’m not fighting on the 8th. This has been my dream to reach the top and I want to have longetivity.”
This news will be heartbreaking for MMA fans. With both Garbrandt and Dillashaw acting as coaches on this season’s The Ultimate Fighter, tensions began to rise on more than one occasion.
Another factor adding to the interest of this fight is the well documented of Dillashaw’s split from Team Alpha-Male.
It is now believed that Dillashaw will drop to 125 pounds in an attempt to put halt to Demetrious Johnson’s record-breaking title defence. Johnson has expressed his opposition to the fight, however. Whether or not the fight takes place, it is not expected to take place at UFC 213.
Fans of the sport will undoubtedly be hugely disappointed with this news. But expect the UFC top brass to be even more disappointed. This was bound to be a money maker as one of the most intriguing fights of 2017.