Cody Garbrandt: No Love in War
Unbeaten as a pro mixed martial artist; became UFC champion in only his eleventh fight; ranked #5 POUND for POUND at the age of 25; involved in two different war of words online whilst out injured
....when will we see the Bantamweight king back in the cage?
After being welcomed to the UFC in January 2015 by Marcus Brimage, coincidentally the same man that faced Conor MacGregor in his Octagon debut, Cody Garbrandt has been on a meteoric rise to the top.
After 5 straight wins, 3 by first-round KO, 'No Love' went on to hand Dominick Cruz his first defeat in almost a decade and become UFC bantamweight champion in December last year.
However, since winning the belt it has been an up and down six months for the man who wears the 135 strap.
Everything seemed set as the Champ was expected to meet fellow “Ultimate Fighter 25” coach and former champion T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 213 in July.
After training together for several years at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Garbrandt and Dillashaw now have a 'rocky relationship' at best. Since T.J. left the gym to train with striking coach Duane Ludwig at Elevation Fight Team in Colorado, and the disdain between he and former teammates such as Garbrandt and Urijah Faber has seemingly grown deeper by the day.
Let's be honest, that's why we were all salivating at the thought of these two being locked in a cage together for 25 minutes with a title on the line!!
However, after a well-publicized back injury, that had been affecting Garbrandt throughout his MMA career, required him to undergo stem cell treatment in Germany, the must-see show of International Fight Week was not only derailed but in-turn set off a carnival of events in two divisions.
Since the overseas trip, Garbrandt has admitted the treatment helped a bit with the pain, but he was certainly not healed enough to fight on the scheduled July 9 card.
“I have to take a little bit of time to heal and recover for something that’s going to set me up for the next five, 10 years...however long I want to pursue this career and lifestyle.”
He added, “I have too sit back and think about the future outside of fighting because this is really a small window frame of my life. It’s only going to be a small part, but it is going to set up the rest of my life. So I have to be smart and think about my future. I’m not going to rush this one. I am doing rehab six days a week, strength and conditioning. I’m strengthening my body. It’s unfortunate this happened as I was very excited for the fight against T.J.”
Garbrandt had said that once he was fit and defeated Dillashaw, that he intended to go after a second belt by dropping in weight and challenging flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.
This is where things got interesting...
As recently as a few weeks ago, after Garbrandt’s injury came to light, the UFC was seeking to book Dillashaw himself v 'Mighty Mouse' for the flyweight title. In fact, Dana White pushed the idea, as did Dillashaw, but with Johnson never on board with it, the plan for an August 19 showdown in Seattle was eventually scrapped.
If Dillashaw had of got a title fight against D.J. and managed to beat him, there is no doubt Cody would have dropped immediately down to 125 pounds to try to take the belt away from him.
'No Love' doesn't seem to care at which weight he faces Dillashaw, as long as he does, and sometime soon. “The last thing I want to do is prolong the fight because of an injury. T.J. has an ass-whooping coming and I want to be 100-percent to give T.J. a 100-percent ass-whooping. I won’t be satisfied going in 60-percent and still whooping his ass. I don’t want to give him a 60-percent ass-whooping, I want to give him a 100-percent ass-whooping like he deserves”
….that’s a lot of ass whooping!
Either way, I know anyone who loves this sport like I do just wants to see Cody v T.J. Whether it be at 125 or 135, hell, I will watch them at a catchweight with no strap on the line. I just want to see these two bang!
When Garbrandt actually returns is still up in the air. He had stated a few weeks ago that he would love to return at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California on July 29, but let’s be honest, that isn’t going to happen. Not only because it is in 25 days or so but the card is already stacked and has just added two more title fights to go alongside the Jones v Cormier 2 headliner.
Could it be at the newly announced UFC 215 card in Edmonton on September 9th or is it more likely UFC 216 on October 7th as the promotion returns once again the Sin City. Both cards are still without a title fight...until an announcement, we can only wonder?
In his time away from the cage, Garbrandt has not only been at war with Dillashaw on social media but one of T.J. followers, bodybuilder Matthew Kline Kader.
Things kicked off between Garbrandt and Kader during an exchange with Dillashaw and Garbrandt on Twitter, where Cody told his ex-teammate to wait until he returns back to full health instead of opting to fight D.J.
That's when Kader, who goes by the nickname 'Shallow King' and who has 121k followers, interjected and called Garbrandt a 'bitch' for 'backing out' of the fight.
Things escalated from there, as the two traded insults back and forth before Kader promised to fly from Las Vegas to Sacramento on June 25 to challenge Garbrandt at Team Alpha Male, promising to also make an example of coach Justin Buchholz.
The 'International Boss' Kader even went a far as to uploaded a fight poster to Instagram however as June 25 came and went nothing eventuated, with both accusing the other of not turning up at the gym to fight.
Garbrandt: “Coach this guy isn't here I've been at the gym all morning! lol, I just got back from Vegas last night. He is the ultimate troll!”
Kader: “@Cody_Nolove you're the biggest troll in the world the little goofy dorks inside your gym trying to fight your battles”
and; “Fake ass coward fake champion lied to his fans and now the world will see the proof video coming. Done with your coward ass.”
While this was entertaining while it lasted I am glad this is behind us. I wasn't sure how long I could deal with Kader, besides the man seems to be too busy for a fight if his Twitter is anything to go by....“I am officially single & I'll be going 6-9 beautiful women every night of the week“
It hasn't been all online wars for Garbrandt in his time away from competitive action, however.
'No Love' showed he doesn't always live up to his name when he proposed to his girlfriend, Danny Pimsanguan in Sedona, in late April. Garbrandt shared the exciting news in an Instagram post with a pic of the couple and the caption “Soon to be Mrs. Garbrandt”.
Well played sir.
To get the inside story on his recovery and what he is doing to return to the Octagon, his experience on TUF 25, his Twitter battles and what he plans on doing next, subscribe to the UFC Channel on PADLOKT.com today to talk with Cody live via video (or watch live via live stream) on July 5 @ 7PM PDT where Cody 'No Love' Garbrandt will answer all your questions.
Whether you’re a fight fan or just want the wish the Bantamweight Champion a Happy 26th Birthday for July 7, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.
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