No UFC fighter can match the level of Conor McGregor when it comes to creating the hype with trash talk and confidence. But out of many other potentials, Cody Garbrandt was the one who impressed Dana White and made him believe that he would be the next big thing in the industry.
However, with the poor performance, he has lost that trust as he went on to lose 3 matches in a row from being the undefeated bantamweight champion. All of the three fights ended with him being knocked out including two against the former Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.
In a recent encounter with MMAJunkie, Garbrandt revealed that he damaged hand and wrist which sidelined him from the UFC also needed some time to be with his son.
“I think it’s a blessing in disguise that my career’s kind of taken this halt and stopped as far as transcending. Each win, you’re going to keep fighting and fighting, so I’ve been able to sit at home, still train, be with my family and watch my son grow and be hands-on.”
Garbrandt told MMA Junkie backstage at UFC on ESPN+ 13.
The former bantamweight champion also revealed that he is targeting to return to the octagon in November but wants a bout against any of the top 5.
“I’m feeling great. I’m looking forward to a November return. I just got cleared. I ended up tearing my hand. I tore the tendon in my wrist. It was a pretty extensive injury in the Pedro Munhoz fight. I don’t know what happened in there, we were in a little bit of a gun battle and it just didn’t heal.”
He has been criticized alot for his low IQ earlier in his losses. He addressed the issue and said he has improved a lot.
“I know I’m way better than these guys, but I sometimes fight to their level when I bang it out. When I stick to my skills, my speed and do what I’ve done to become a world champion, no one in the world can match me. The main thing is just staying hungry, motivated and health is a huge factor in that. Being motivated to go in there and train."
Soon, Garbrandt will be back to doing what he does best, and that’s fighting inside the Octagon. November can’t come soon enough, but he’s enjoying his time off while he has it.