Cody Garbrandt switches to flyweight in the fight against Kai Kara-France
After much speculation, Cody Garbrandt officially switches to flyweight.
Former UFC bantamweight champion and No. sixth bantamweight contender will drop to 125 pounds to sign up for the city kickboxing product and No. 7th flyweight Kai Kara-France, according to a report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto .
Garbrant had great success in bantamweight. He won the UFC bantamweight championship by defeating Dominick Cruz by unanimous decision at UFC 207 in December 2016.
Despite reaching the top of the 135 pound division, Garbrandt suffered a few setbacks after winning the belt.
“No Love” lost the bantamweight title in his first championship defense against TJ Dillashaw when he suffered a knockout second-round loss at UFC 217. He then lost a rematch to his former team alpha male teammate and training partner through TKO at UFC 227.
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Garbrandt then suffered a knockout loss to Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235, leading him to one loss in three fights.
While he rebounded at UFC 250 with a Highlight Reel knockout win over Rafael Assunção, his most recent bantamweight bout was a unanimous loss to No. 4 rank contender Rob Font at UFC Vegas 27.
Gabrandt’s duel against Kara-France, who is 5-2 in the UFC, offers the former UFC world champion the chance to reinvent himself at the favorable age of just 30 years.
Garbrandt’s flyweight debut is currently set to take place on December 11th.