Cody Garbrandt wants to become the UFC’s next two-division champion.
‘No Love’ will be targeting two title fights if he gets past Rob Font at UFC Vegas 27, with the Team Alpha Male product looking to secure a title shot against the winner of Sterling vs. Yan before moving down to flyweight to fight the winner of the upcoming title bout between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno at UFC 263.
“I’m looking at being a two-time weight division champion, that’s my goal, Garbrandt told the media ahead of UFC Fight Night 188 (h/t Low Kick MMA). “I know we have a little bit of a circus act upfront with Aljamain and Yan, they have to run that back. I feel like this fight right here is a title eliminator, so I finish Rob on Saturday, I have options.”
“You look back at November and with COVID and the things it took away from my life, but it set me up better with more opportunities. I win this fight on Saturday, I can be next in line for a bantamweight title shot, then (Figueiredo) and (Moreno) fight a few weeks after me. Hopefully no one gets injured in there, they can come out unscathed, and we can make that fight happen sooner than later.”
Garbrandt was originally expected to take on Figueiredo last year but was forced out of their flyweight title bout due to injury. The former bantamweight champion later tested positive for COVID-19 and was sidelined for the rest of the year. Now fully recovered, Garbrandt will return to the Octagon in his first fight since June 2020, when he knocked out Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250 to snap a three-fight losing skid.
UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt takes place this Saturday, May 22 at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.