Cody Garbrandt’s rise to stardom has sky-rocketed further following his masterclass against pound-for-pound great Dominick Cruz. The new bantamweight king already has a queue of worthy contenders, primed and ready to take aim at that recently gained target on his back. There seems to be no time for “No Love” to soak in the fruits of his labour – following his outstanding display against Cruz – he now has opposition such as TJ Dillashaw, Bryan Carraway and Raphael Assuncao – as well as the now former champion Cruz. However, sitting down with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour recently, Cody opened up about his plans and options.
Cody on fighting Jose Aldo:
I need to sit down with Dana (White) and Sean (Shelby) and find out the biggest money-fight for me. I can go up a weight (to fight) Jose Aldo. He has wins over my teammates, he’s a legend, I’d like to test his chin. I know I hit hard and I’m just getting started.
This is a very interesting option for Cody. The foundations for the fight as mentioned by the man himself are already planted – Jose has beaten Cody’s teammate and mentor, the recently retired Urijah Faber as well as Chad Mendes. As well as the history, it would be interesting too see how Cody fares in a higher weight class. Though it is widely known that he is a larger bantamweight – he would be giving advantages such as reach to Aldo, should he move up to fight the Brazilian. There is no doubt that Cody has the tools to defeat Aldo, mainly his punching power, but Aldo is a legend as well as a world class and very well rounded competitor. He brings skills that Cody may not be completely used to dealing with.
On fighting Conor McGregor:
As well as calling out Jose Aldo, Cody also decided to join the long queue of fighters looking to fight the biggest name in the sport today: Conor McGregor. “Red panty night” is fast becoming the golden ticket that everyone wants to get their hands on, Cody now also wants to enter the hunt. The pair already have history – dating back to Cody’s time on TUF, where he and McGregor had a showdown.
I’d easily go up (to fight Conor McGregor), but my homie Nate Diaz choked him out and I can’t believe he’s the pound-for-pound number two on the list when he got choked out... Conor too. He knows that. I’d go up to 150 lb to have a catchweight bout with him. Jose Aldo. I’d go up to 145, but I’m excited for the potential match-ups for me and I think I’m the biggest draw.
Cody looks to be wanting to test himself, calling out two of the best in the world is certainly one way to do that. However, unlike a lot of times when fighters make a callout, it is hard to ignore the newly crowned champion. He just handed a loss to one of the very best in the business – perhaps one of the best ever. As well as doing so, he did it in what was a complete and utter masterclass of a performance. There is substance and reason to consider his words – he has backed up everything so far.