FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Cody Garbrandt
By Dan McConnell
In the world of mixed martial arts the UFC had their second stint of fight nights at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas this past Saturday night.
UFC 250 was headlined by the only current UFC double-champ, Amanda Nunes who put her 145-pound title on the line against top contender Felicia Spencer.
A series of bantamweight bouts also took centre stage as well. The 135-pound division is one of the most stacked in the organisation.
Notable mentions for this weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week award go to Alex Perez who defeated Jussier Formiga with a calf kick finish, one that we’re seeing utilised more in the sport.
‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley continued his unbeaten run by smashing the experienced Eddie Wineland, in a huge step-up in competition.
Aljamain Sterling cemented his spot for a bantamweight title shot, after choking out the unbeaten Corey Sandhagen in the very first round. ‘The Funk Master’ took his unbeaten run to five in a row.
But this weeks award goes to a man who has been on a bumpy road these past three years, but finally secured a victory in highlight-reel fashion.
Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt secured an vicious highlight reel KO at the last second of the second round, to defeat the durable veteran in Rafael Assunção.
Garbrandt out-foot worked Dominic Cruz at UFC207 back in December 2016 to win the belt. He then suffered a series of losses, being knocked out twice by arch-rival TJ Dillashaw and suffering a loss to Pedro Munhoz in March 2019.
A change of approach was needed. Garbrandt has recently split his camps between Sacramento and New Jersey, adding experienced striking coach Mark Henry to his corner. And boy did it pay off!
The former 135-pound champion caught Assunção, who is considered a gatekeeper for the division with a huge right hook clean on the button.
‘No Love’ used his quick movement and heavy strikes to a tee, putting in a career best performance to re-enter the stakes at 135.
We all know the skill and power Garbrandt possesses, but his kryptonite has been when he’s got drawn into a dogfight with his emotions getting the better.
This was the first win for him since December 2016 and ended a long three fight skid. The performance has earned Garbrandt this weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week winner!