Cody Garbrandt notched the biggest victory of his young career Sunday evening at UFC Fight Night 88, knocking out the previously undefeated Thomas Almeida in Round 1.
Now, “No Love” turns his attention to his next opponent, and he already has a name and a date in mind.
“Going into this fight with Thomas Almeida, obviously Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway [were] matched up [on the card] too, and they talked about the winners facing each other,” Garbrandt told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “So, I have no doubt in my mind that if Aljamain would’ve won, I’d be fighting Aljamain. Bryan won, so now why can’t I fight Bryan? Why shouldn’t I be fighting Bryan for the next in line for a title shot or that ranking up there? I think I just got ranked fifth, he’s fourth, so let’s fight Sept. 10 [at UFC 203].”
Caraway said during the post-fight press conference that Garbrandt doesn’t deserve to leap-frog him in the division. Garbrandt shared his feelings about that statement, saying the nature of their wins Sunday were not equal.
“I’ve seen him do some bantering in the media about how he said I don’t deserve to be ahead of him, but look: My win was dominant. My win was no questions,” Garbrandt said. “You had a close fight with Aljamain. I went through there and destroyed my adversary in under three minutes, who was looked at as untouchable, unbeatable, so I deserve not only to have the title shot in front of him, but he also says that he has the strongest jaw.
“He has a good chin, that’s what he credits himself on. He has the [best] chin in the division, in the UFC. I have the heaviest hands in my division. ….View full article
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