Cody Garbrandt Chasing Super Fight After Becoming Champion
Newly crowned UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt has called out some big names while speaking on “The MMA Hour” podcast. Garbrandt put on a stunning performance over the weekend at UFC 207, where he dethroned bantamweight star Dominick Cruz in a display of complete dominance.
Garbrandt initially said he felt that a rematch between himself and Cruz would be interesting, and would possibly bring him the largest purse, however he’s come up with some bigger ideas in the last few days.
“I need to sit down with [UFC bosses] and find out the biggest money fight for me… I know I can go up and fight with Jose Aldo. You know, he has wins over my teammates, he’s a legend and I’d like to test his chin. I know I hit hard, I’m just getting started. And I also know the biggest fight’s with Conor [McGregor].
“I can easily go up like my homie Nate Diaz, and choke him out and I can’t believe he’s the number 2 [pound for pound] when he got choked out. So there’s a lot of fights for me in the division, in the UFC divisions and I’m young enough to go up.”
A fight with Aldo could net the newly minted Bantamweight king a big fight purse, but it would pale in comparison to the purse he would receive were he to fight Conor McGregor.
Garbrandt and McGregor already have a history of conflict. The two very nearly came to blows on the set of The Ultimate Fighter after McGregor called TJ Dillashaw, Garbrandt’s teammate (at the time) a snake. McGregor would later say he was proven right when Dillashaw left Team Alpha Male for another camp.
Garbrandt has said he will fight whoever benefits him most, and is even willing to move up to a 150 pound catchweight.
“I’ll fight anybody, but to be honest, I truly believe I’m ready to fight and I truly believe that I go out there and put on performance[s], and I’m a draw. And I want the biggest money fight for me right now. I think I saw that Jose Aldo would like to fight me, I would like to test his chin.