Cody Garbrandt: I’d knock Conor McGregor the f**k out in a boxing match
The bantamweight champion claims that he is the best boxer in the UFC and is willing to prove it against the lightweight champion.
Last year, Cody Garbrandt shocked the world by defeating arguably the greatest bantamweight of all time in Dominick Cruz and the fashion in which he did so. However, the 135 pound champion claims that we’ve seen nothing yet.
Speaking on ESPN’s Five Rounds podcast, ‘No Love’ discussed his plans going forward, plans of which include the UFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor. Garbrandt expressed his interest in sharing a boxing ring with ‘The Notorious’ claiming that he would ‘knock him the f**k out’.
“I think going in a boxing ring with Conor would be great, or in MMA. No ill feelings towards the guy but I actually believe I’m a better boxer. I feel like I’m one of the best boxers in the UFC.”
“I’ll go in there and knock Conor the f**k out in a boxing ring, just to be honest. There’s no difference, southpaw, orthodox, that guy could come out and fight on his hands for all I give a f**k. I would knock him out, that’s it. I have the best boxing in the game, in the UFC, and I’m ready to showcase it on another level.”
McGregor’s recent historic boxing match with one of the sports greatest of all time, Floyd Mayweather opened the door for other mixed martial artists to potentially make a switch over. The current bantamweight champion himself began his career as an amateur boxer before fully committing to MMA. He is considered to be one of the best boxers in the UFC and his most recent display against Cruz proved why.
Before he can even think about a possible match-up with The Notorious One, Garbrandt must come through former champion and former teammate, TJ Dillashaw. The champ claims beating Dillashaw will present him with even greater opportunities such as Conor McGregor.
“I’ve got TJ ahead of me. He’s a great adversary, a great opponent to level up with, to go to that next level with a great masterclass performance. I’m excited to go in there and take out TJ, and whoever else – Mighty Mouse, Conor. You can give me top boxers like Adrien Broner or Mikey Garcia, all those guys. I would love to get in the ring with them. 130 pounds up to 147 pounds, I’ll step in the ring with any of them.”
Despite all of that, there is one fighter that stands out to him the most after Dillashaw and that is flyweight champion and P4P #1, Demetrious Johnson.
“I think it’s the fight to make after I demolish TJ. I’ll go down to 125 pounds and become a two-weight world champion. That would be strictly business for me to go down there and do that, I’ve got no ill feelings towards Demetrious , that would just be for my career and my legacy, and for him too. He needs a big fight.”
“I can easily make 125 pounds. I don’t walk around too heavy and I think that would be a great fight. Dominick and TJ can fight for an interim title, I’ll go down to 125, and then beat up the winner of that. That’s how I see it playing out.”
Cody Garbrandt will defend his UFC bantamweight title against TJ Dillashaw in the co-main event at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 in Madison Square Garden.