Former UFC bantamweight champion, Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt has claimed that despite his happiness at the flyweight limit, he is eager to land himself a pairing with ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley in his next outing.
Ohio native, Garbrandt, featured on the main card of UFC 269 in December, dropping his second consecutive loss in the form of a one-sided opening round knockout defeat to City Kickboxing striker, Kai Kara-France.
The outing came as Garbrandt’s first at flyweight, following a much-anticipated move to the division which was initially suggested back in November 2020 in a title showdown against then-champion, Deiveson Figueredo.
Dropping his fourth loss in his last five outings, Garbrandt’s most recent victory came back in June 2020 when he stopped longtime bantamweight top-10 contender, Raphael Assuncao with a massive, one-punch, buzzer-beating second round knockout.
Despite noting how well his weight-cut to the 125lbs limit went for last month’s flyweight clash with Kara-France, Garbrandt maintains that he would be open to fighting the aforenoted O’Malley next, following a pre-fight press conference exchange between the duo.
“There’s a lot of good matchups – Sean O’Malley, I really want to whoop his ass,” Cody Garbrandt said on the Rollin’ With The Homies podcast. “That’s a fight that’s looming. Hopefully, that could possibly be my next one. I want that fight so I’d like to stay 1t 35. He might fight me now because I’m not in the rankings at 35 and he’s ranked so that’ll be a good fight.”
“You’ve got to respect his skills, he levelled up a little bit with the Raulian (Paiva) fight, caught him early on, but we know that,” Cody Garbrandt continued. “The only way he was gonna win was catching him early on and he did that. He did his job, hats off to him. He’s now in the rankings so I have to go back up to 25 and whoop his ass, but we’ll decide, we’ll figure it out.”
O’Malley, who shared the above mentioned December card with Garbrandt, stopped Brazilian bantamweight, Raulian Paiva with an impressive opening round knockout – which eventually earned him the #12 rank at 135lbs. The victory came as the Montana native and Dana White’s Contender Series alum’s third straight – following other knockout triumphs against Kris Moutinho, and Thomas Almeida.
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