After notching the biggest win of his career, UFC bantamweight contender Cody Garbrandt's next fight is almost a done deal. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported on Monday that the unbeaten Team Alpha Male product is targeted for a UFC 202 showdown with former WEC title challenger Takeya Mizugaki. The UFC has not officially announced the fight themselves, but you can probably expect an announcement in the coming days.
Garbrandt (9-0) knocked out Thomas Almeida in the 1st round of the UFC Fight Night 88 main event in Las Vegas on May 29th. It marked the first loss of Almeida's career, while furthering Garbrandt's status as a new contender in the 135 lbs division. "No Love" also holds UFC wins over Augusto Mendes, Henry Briones, and Marcus Brimage, with only Briones lasting the distance.
Mizugaki (21-9-2) rebounded from a pair of tough losses to defeat George Roop by unanimous decision at UFC Japan last September. He'd previously suffered a swift knockout at the hands of Dominick Cruz, followed by a triangle-choke submission against Aljamain Sterling. The 32-year-old is now ranked #11 in the UFC's official top 15, whereas Garbrandt emerged from the unranked to become the #7 bantamweight.
UFC 202 is headlined by a welterweight rematch between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and lightweight contender Nate Diaz. The card takes place on August 20th at the newly built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.