Cody Garbrandt is looking for new life at flyweight, and venturing into the unknown has been a little bit daunting.
Garbrandt (12-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC), a former UFC bantamweight champion, will make his 125-pound debut in opposition to fellow knockout artist Kai Kara-France (22-9 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC 269 on Dec. 11.
After an unbeaten begin to his professional MMA profession, together with a masterclass win over Dominick Cruz to seize the bantamweight title, Garbrandt has misplaced 4 of his previous 5 and finds himself in a tough spot. He’s presently in New Jersey prepping for his struggle in opposition to Kara-France with Mark Henry, who’s been in his nook alongside his Team Alpha Male coaches in his previous two fights.
“We’re getting that mental fortitude to push and (I’m) ready to put on a pace and go in there and put a statement on this division that this is a pawn that was brought in,” Garbrandt stated on his “Rollin with the Homies” podcast.
Garbrandt isn’t any stranger to having his again in opposition to the wall. “No Love” was capable of snap his three-fight shedding skid with a buzzer-beater proper hook in opposition to Raphael Assuncao in a “Knockout of the Year” contender. But after a five-round resolution loss to Rob Font in May, Garbrandt can be transferring down a weight class and plans on asserting his arrival in emphatic trend.
“I’ve got to make a statement, and I’m known to,” Garbrandt stated. “This is a large struggle for me, (a) enormous alternative for my profession. I’m as petrified of this as any struggle as a result of I’ve by no means made 125. I’ve by no means fought right here. There’s numerous unanswered questions. Just like going into the Dominick Cruz struggle – yeah, I might go in there and knock him out. But might I’m going 5 rounds? Could I do that? Could I try this?
“There’s so many unanswered questions that it scares me and motivates me in the sense of doing the extra. Not that I haven’t in the past, but it’s more. You have to add more onto it, then figure it out. So I think that this will be a great weight for me. My energy levels feel good. I’ve been on a diet for about two months now, so I’ve already shaved off five to seven pounds, give or take. I’m feeling good.”
For his reduce all the way down to 125 kilos, Garbrandt has been working with nutritionist Dr. Matteo Capodaglio, who’s helped the likes of middleweight contender Marvin Vettori, former title challenger Lauren Murphy and Uros Medic. In a current interview with MMA Junkie, Capodaglio assured that Garbrandt received’t be draining himself to make the flyweight restrict and expects him to be totally hydrated on the evening.