Cody Garbrandt makes his UFC return in a high stakes match against Rob Font
Rob Font vs Cody Garbrandt
Cody Garbrandt (12-3-0) will face Rob Font (18-4-0) on May 22 in a fight that could help propel one of these two bantamweight fighters into a possible title match against Aljamain Sterling (20-3-0). A location for the event has not yet been announced.
Font and Garbrandt are respectively the #3 and #4 ranked bantamweight contenders and many expect the fight between them to go fast and furious with both looking for the early TKO. Both fighters are known for their impressive finishes and it wouldn’t be surprising if this fight ended early.
Garbrandt is making his return to the octagon, after a battle with COVID combined with injuries forced him to postpone a battle with Deiveson Figueiredo back in November of 2020. That match would have saw Garbrandt move down to flyweight and challenge Figuiredo for the title. In his last fight, Garbrandt beat Raphael Assuncao (27-8-0) handily via TKO in the second round. That win was a breath of fresh air for his career that had started to flounder after three straight losses before defeating Assuncao.
By contrast, Font is coming into this event on a hot streak. He has won his last three fights and saw his stock rise considerably after knocking out Marlon Moraes (23-8-1) in the first round. A win over Garbrandt would prove that his recent win-streak is no fluke and should thrust him into title consideration.
In an interview with James Lynch of MMA News, Font said of Garbrandt, “He’s fast, explosive...I don’t think he can carry that the whole five rounds,” and adding “I think I’m gonna be a little smarter, making the smarter decisions in there.
It is still a ways away from the actual match, but according to Parimatch, Font opened up as the favorite at -164 odds versus Garbrandt who opened at +120 odds. Garbrandt has a lot to prove after numerous injuries sidelined him and losses mounted in his otherwise promising career. A win over Font could prove he’s overcome those issues and is ready to compete not only for the bantamweight title, but make the move down to flyweight for a championship run. Font can show that he is set to stick around as one of the best the bantamweight division has to offer.