Current No. 3 ranked UFC bantamweight contender Rob Font has really come into his own lately.
The Massachusetts native came over to the UFC with a record of 10-1, being a two-time CES featherweight champion prior to joining. Upon arrival, he KO’d The Ultimate Fighter vet, as well as WEC & UFC veteran George Roop in round one of his promotional debut.
This was followed up by another victory, also via knockout, before suffering a unanimous decision defeat to John Lineker. Two victories would follow over the likes of Matt Schnell (KO) and Douglas Silva de Andrade (guillotine choke), before he was submitted (guillotine choke) by Pedro Munhoz.
Font then TKO’d Thomas Almeida, before losing a unanimous decision to longtime top contender in the WEC & UFC, Raphael Assuncao. This was Assuncao’s last victory, as he’s recently gone on a three-fight losing streak at 38 years old.
Font just wasn’t quite ready for the elite of the elite of the division three years ago.
Since then however, he’s won his last four-straight over some very high level competition.
All four of those opponents were champions, and all four have had a great deal of success inside the UFC octagon.
Firstly, Font rebounded by piecing newly crowned Bellator bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis up for three rounds, before doing the same to two-time LFA bantamweight champion Ricky Simon.
Next came Font’s real coming-out party, where he KO’d six-time WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes in the first round, before battering former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt for five rounds at UFC Vegas 27 last Saturday.
Font trains with Calvin Kattar at New England Cartel, and it honestly shows. Both of them have such incredible boxing, and both have a few good kicks to go along with it. There aren’t many times you’ll see them lose stand up fights.
Font lost to John Lineker, and Kattar lost to Max Holloway, those are the only all-striking fights they’ve lost.
The jab Font possesses kept Garbrandt, who’s not only a former UFC champion that defeated the greatest bantamweight of all-time to claim the throne, but a 32-1 amateur boxer as well, at bay.
He followed up with a number of nasty, powerful hooks, overhands, and a couple uppercuts as well. Garbrandt just didn’t see red this time once he was hit, as he’s shown in the past. Instead, he didn’t show much offense aside from the early takedowns and the first minute or two of round five.
This was also Font’s first time going five rounds, and he passed with flying colors.
Rob Font keeps his No. 3 spot in the rankings, but who should he face next?
The winner of No. 2 ranked Cory Sandhagen and former bantamweight king TJ Dillashaw would be a good match up to see. However, if Sandhagen defeats Dillashaw, he shouldn’t have to fight again to see a title shot.
The division is a little blocked up, as Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan need to fight for the championship once more.
Perhaps the winner of No. 4 ranked former featherweight champion Jose Aldo and No. 8 ranked Pedro Munhoz?
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