Cody Garbrandt releases emotional statement after UFC Vegas loss

Cody Garbrandt has posted an emotional video to social media following his UFC Vegas 27 defeat last weekend.

‘No Love’, who was coming off the back of a knockout win over Raphael Assuncao, went into his fight against Rob Font on Saturday after a long lay-off due to COVID-19. In the end, Font outboxed Garbrandt and did so with relative ease, sticking behind his jab with ruthless efficiency.

The five-round contest ended in Font being awarded a unanimous decision win, leaving Garbrandt to face the reality of a fourth loss in his last five fights. The setback also dropped him to fifth in the bantamweight rankings, promoting Font to third in the process.

In the aftermath, Garbrandt took to social media to thank fans for their support, and delved into his own struggles.

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“Rob was the better man today,” Garbrandt said. “I just feel like I was fighting myself in there, battling myself, and I’m not taking anything away from him, congrats on his camp. First and foremost, thank God for keeping us both safe in there. A lot of positives come from this, brush it off, and get back with my coaches and teammates.

“We’re still striving to be the best and be the world champion. Sometimes there’s adversity that comes along in your dreams and makes you work harder, makes you realise what needs to be done, and makes it that much sweeter climbing up the mountain.

“I’m just really thankful,” he continued. “I wanted to come on here and just tell you guys how much I appreciate and love your support. It’s very appreciated. I’m trying to fight my heart out for you guys. Thank you.”

Garbrandt will be hoping to get back into the octagon before the end of the year as this stacked bantamweight division continues to grow.

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