Cody Garbrandt is a former champion at bantamweight. His run, while he was in that division, was very impressive. He won six in a row leading up to winning the title in a dominant fashion when he took down Dominick Cruz. Then he lost three in a row and set his sights on a move to flyweight. After some personal issues with his health, the flyweight division continued forward without Garbrandt. Now he has his sights set elsewhere.
“Jose Aldo, man, I mean when he announced that he was going down to the bantamweight division I thought that’s a great fight,” Garbrandt told Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports. “It’s Jose Aldo, the man is a legend in his own right. I have no ill will towards the guy. I’m just a competitive guy who wants to fight the best. He looked good in his last fight, he came off of losing a title, and prior to that, I feel like he beat Marlon. So, it’s a great fight, it’s a fight that motivates me. I need those fights that are going to get me up and make me put the extra work in.”
Garbrandt suffered an injury to his bicep back in October that forced him out of his flyweight title shot against champion Deiveson Figueiredo. Following that he announced that he had suffered from COVID-19 and the effects from that have taken a toll on him.
Garbrandt told ESPN that he had been experiencing vertigo due to his lingering effects of the coronavirus. He is now on the mend and is looking towards an April return. Although his hope is for Aldo, he is not putting the flyweight division out of his mind. He explained that he walks around in the mid 140s and a cut to bantamweight is nothing for him. He feels that a cut to flyweight will not be an issue for him at this time.