Cody Garbrandt is a former bantamweight titleholder who is on a mission to secure his second title, this time in the flyweight division. However, there seems to be a bump in the road. On Friday afternoon the news was released by Combate.com that Garbrandt was out of his scheduled title bout against champion Deiveson Figueiredo. Although the reason for the withdrawal was not determined at the time, Garbrandt himself announced that the injury was in his bicep on his personal Instagram page.
Cody Garbrandt was just on Instagram live detailing his injury that forced him out of the flyweight title shot. pic.twitter.com/MazdIPlKhF
— Nicole Bosco 💎 (@NikBos) October 2, 2020
“The reason I had to pull out of the fight in November, it was released by a Brazilian reporter before we could address it with the UFC,” Garbrandt explained. “I just wanted to come on here and let everybody know that I have a distal grade three bicep tear. I had COVID for, I tested positive a few months ago and I wasn’t able to train MMA for about a month and a half.”
As mentioned Garbrandt had been dealing with COVID-19 and now the injury has pushed his flyweight debut back. He was set to fight immediately for the title without ever fighting in the weight class which some longtime fans and fighters in the division were not happy about. As far as a timeline for return, Garbrandt expressed that the UFC has guaranteed his title shot when he is well.
“They (the UFC) did promise me the title fight upon return and being healthy, so can fight destiny,” Garbrandt said. “It’s my destiny to be a world champion. It just wasn’t to be in November.”
To replace Cody Garbrandt is Alex Perez who will step in against Figueiredo at UFC 255 on Nov. 21.