Cody Garbrandt is on a three-fight losing streak, with all three losses coming by knockout.
Following the latest loss to Pedro Munhoz in March, the former UFC bantamweight champion has been taking time to recover from a bevy of injuries. He had surgery and was just recovering and training with no timetable for his return.
Yet, Cody Garbrandt says he will return very soon and is looking to return by March.
”You guys will see me soon, very soon,” Garbrandt told MMA Fighting recently (via MMA Mania). “Almost cleared from my injuries, I tore another tendon, that’s two tendons since last March. So hopefully by March or before if my body and mind are feeling up to it. I’m excited to get back in, I cannot wait, I miss it.
”You really don’t get to understand, love, and respect something until it’s gone,” he added. “And it’s been temporarily gone for me from injuries. Losses I can deal with, but injuries … it takes a little bit. The healing process and being healthy are two different things. For me to be healthy in 2020, I’m excited for that year and what it brings. The challenges and the adversaries that I have. The road back to the top.”
There is no question this next fight is a must-win for Cody Garbrandt. Four straight losses would possibly leave him without a roster spot in the UFC. But, if he wins, given he was once the champion in a dominant win over Dominick Cruz, the UFC can push him to the top again.
When he does return to the Octagon, Cody Garbrandt will also do so with a new team behind him as he announced he is now training with Mark Henry alongside the likes of Frankie Edgar, Lance Palmer, and Marlon Moraes. Whether or not that will happen is to be determined.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime