Cody Stamann discusses his win this past Saturday over Alejandro Perez at UFC 235. The event took place at the T-Mobile Arena, which was the UFC’s 2019 debut in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Spartan” discussed why he was disappointed in his performance after the fight, why he feels better about it after watching it back, his overall surprise of Perez’s gameplan, what his coaches were telling him between rounds, Pedro Munhoz’s victory over Cody Garbrandt, fighting on ESPN and what it did to his social media numbers, being recognized at the Vegas airport, when he would like to get back in the Octagon, Michigan promotion KOP getting removed from being streamed on UFC Fight Pass, teammate and former UFC flyweight Jarred Brooks’ upcoming fight, whether or not he believes Brooks will rap himself to the cage and much more.
Throughout the interviews he’s done, Stamann has been asked who he would like to fight next. We went a different direction and got the no. 10 bantamweight in the world’s prediction on who his next fight will be against. Since Stamann has been tied to Jimmie Rivera on a number of occasions, “Spartan” feels like he could be one of three potential options.
“The only thing reason I could see that me and Rivera wouldn’t fight is that he’s coming off of a loss and I’m coming off of a win,” Stamann told MyMMANews.com. “He’s one of three people I believe will be my next opponent. I don’t think I’ll get anyone outside of the top-15. I think it’s going to be Rivera, that Ricky Simon kid who just got ranked in the top-15, who is coming off of a win, or maybe a Thomas Almeida. If I had to guess, it would be Jimmie. It would be a timing thing. I don’t know who’s ready, who’s in negotiations, I don’t know if Jimmie is already in negotiations for another fight. It’s still pretty early.
“There’s not anyone on the roster that I’m seeing right now that is a hard no for me moving forward,” Stamann continued. “If it’s Jimmie, I think he looked like s–t in his last fight. He didn’t even show up to fight. He got beat up by Sterling, a guy that I felt that I was beating. He kind of got exposed for being a one-dimensional, flat-footed guy. So if it’s Jimmie, I think Sterling just wrote the blueprint on how to beat him. If he’s the guy. I’m healthy. Sign me up!”
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