Cody Garbrandt is the bees knees after airmailing Thomas Almeida back to Brazil — by way of bantamweight death punch — but that doesn’t mean he’s the man to beat at 135 pounds, now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared from UFC Fight Night 88 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That honor belongs to Bryan Caraway.
“Kid Lightning” came into the May 29 extravaganza already ranked No. 8 in the division (see the top 10 here), then shook off a slow start to put the screws to No. 4-ranked Aljamain Sterling. Garbrandt, meanwhile, had yet to crack the top 15 prior to his snuff film on FOX Sports 1.
But that doesn’t mean Caraway is giving Cody “No Love.”
“Garbrandt wasn’t even ranked before,” the submission specialist told the MMA media (via MMA Junkie). “I’m not saying he isn’t an amazing, amazing fighter, but he wasn’t ranked, so for him to leapfrog above me would be ludicrous. I think I’m the highest ranked guy now that hasn’t fought for the belt.”
The updated UFC rankings — compiled by way of media vote — will be released on Tuesday.
By turning away the “Funkmaster” last night in “Sin City,” Caraway improved to 21-7 with 18 finishes. More importantly, the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) standout moved to 6-2 under the ZUFFA banner and could be one signature win away from a crack at the 135-pound crown.
Speaking of which, the No. 6-ranked fighter could be in need of a dance partner after this event.
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