Cody Garbrandt is a fan favorite, but Garbrandt fans may have come to realize that maybe Garbrandt’s best days are behind him. The former Bantamweight Champion has a rough decision ahead of him, he has now lost five of his last six contests and just doesn’t look right and the move down to Flyweight definitely did Garbrandt no favors. Now I’m not Dana White and I certainly don’t think that I know everything that goes into the decision whether or not to keep a fighter on the UFC Roster. I think we need to look at how we got here in the first place.
Garbrandt made his UFC debut at UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier against Marcus Brimage in 2015. From this point Garbrandt would keep winning, and eventually would earn a title shot against Dominick Cruz at UFC 207. Garbrandt would beat Cruz and win the UFC Bantamweight Championship.Garbrandt would then lose the belt to T.J. Dillashaw in his next fight marking the first loss of Garbrandt’s career. Garbrandt would lose the immediate rematch at UFC 217.
After losing to Dillashaw twice he faced Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235. Garbrandt would lose by KO (Punches.) He’d then go on to face Raphael Assunção he’d win by KO and win Performance of the Night. His woes were temporarily over but would return. He’d face Rob Font next, and would lose by unanimous decision. His rough patch would continue on Saturday night when he’d drop down to Flyweight. He looked unhealthy at 125 pounds at the weigh in and rumors are his weight cut was really tough but he hired a good chef to make him his meals and did the weight cut healthily but it was not successful as he lost to Kai Kara-France by TKO (Punches.)
Garbrandt is a fan favorite, but I think it’s time for him to take a step back and evaluate his career. It’s hard for anyone let alone himself to admit it, but it seems like time has caught up to him and his chin hasn’t kept up to the demands of being an MMA fighter. Maybe it’s time for him to fight in a smaller promotion like Bellator or PFL. Or maybe for Garbrandt its time to fight someone that’s unranked in the UFC, but honestly it might be time to hang up the gloves.