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Rob Font calls Garbrandt fight ‘as good as’ TJ Dillashaw: ‘It’s a scary challenge and exciting’

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Rob Font is thrilled to take on former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt at UFC Vegas 27.

Rob Font is set to face Cody Garbrandt at UFC Vegas 27
Rob Font is set to face Cody Garbrandt at UFC Vegas 27
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

UFC bantamweight contender Rob Font is ecstatic about having the chance to headliner his first card after being with the promotion for almost seven years. Paired up against former champion Cody Garbrandt for UFC Vegas 27’s main event, he believes it is quite a challenging pairing for himself.

Although Font originally wanted to take on another former champon in TJ Dillashaw, he is not the least bit unhappy to face Garbrandt instead. The way Font analyzes the pairing, Cody brings just as much danger to the table as Dillashaw, so Rob is satisfied with what he got.

“Hell yeah, hell yeah,” Font said on Just Scrap Radio on BJPENN.com. “I wanted TJ, didn’t get it, so we figured maybe Jose Aldo, and they threw out Cody, who I thought was going to 125 but that’s not happening. Another big name, the former champ, just as good as TJ, I’m excited. Cody was not on my radar and it was definitely a surprise when they said his name.”

A knockout artist himself, Font knows he will have his hands full against a heavy-handed boxer such as Garbrandt. However, Rob plans to frustrate the former champion’s attacks and earn the stoppage victory.

“That is exactly what you get with Cody. You are either knocking him out or he’s knocking you out. He’s a dangerous guy, he looked a lot more patient in the Assuncao fight and it was pretty gangster how he pulled that off,” Font said. “You have to worry about that with a guy like Cody. It’s an exciting challenge and a scary challenge, I plan on frustrating this guy and making him make a mistake and make him pay.”

Currently on a three-fight winning streak, Rob Font (18-4) picked up wins over Sergio Pettis, Ricky Simon and most recently, former title challenger Marlon Moraes. The 33-year-old’s last loss happened in July 2018, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Raphael Assuncao.

Now, Rob Font is scheduled to take on Cody Garbrandt at UFC Vegas 27’s main event, on May 22. The card is set to take place at the UFC Apex, in Las Vegas, Nevada.