Cody Garbrandt On Criticisms About His Fight IQ: “I’m Still Learning And Growing”

UFC star Cody Garbrandt is roaring to return to action as he claimed that he already solved the problem of his fight IQ.

The former UFC bantamweight kingpin has been winless in his three previous fights.

After starting his professional MMA career with 11-straight victories, ‘No Love’ suffered an unlikely turnaround.

Garbrandt was finished by TJ Dillashaw in his first title-retention bid before getting demolished for the second time in their rematch.

Following these back-to-back losses, he took on Pedro Munhoz in the curtain-raiser of the UFC 235’s main card.

But in yet another painful ending to a fight, Garbrandt was knocked out for the third straight time.

This ignited talks about his future in the bantamweight class.

More than the losing streak, what’s more devastating (and alarming) was the nature of defeat – all via knockout through strikes.

Blessing In Disguise

As an aftermath of this recent knockout loss, ‘No Love’ has to be sidelined to recover from hand and wrist injuries.

Garbrandt said this time off from fighting is a blessing in disguise because he used it to reflect on his career and spend time with his family.

“I think it’s a blessing in disguise that my career’s kind of taken this halt and stopped as far as transcending,” he told MMA Junkie.

“Each win, you’re going to keep fighting and fighting, so I’ve been able to sit at home, still train, be with my family and watch my son grow and be hands-on.”

The ex-UFC champ said his fight IQ has now levelled up and he has now bigger motivations to fight and compete.

“I know I’m way better than these guys, but I sometimes fight to their level when I bang it out.”

“When I stick to my skills, my speed and do what I’ve done to become a world champion, no one in the world can match me.”

“The main thing is just staying hungry, motivated and health is a huge factor in that.”

“Being motivated to go in there and train.”

Being Smart

Given his talent and skill set, Garbrandt knows his next UFC fights would boil down to being smart to deliver tremendous performances.

“Now it’s about being smart. I’m 28 years old and I feel like a lot of my best performances are ahead of me.”

“It’s a marathon. A lot of these guys have not reached the pinnacle I have at an early age and the career and as many fights as I’ve had.”

‘No Love’ is targeting an MMA comeback on November and is eyeing a top-five opponent in an attempt to return to title contention.

“So I’m still learning and growing and the hunger and motivation is there.”

“(I will fight) anyone in the top five can get it.”

“I like all those fights. Even Dominick Cruz, that’d be a fun rematch. He hasn’t fought since I beat him and he’s out with a lot of injuries.”

“Raphael Assuncao, there’s that Russian kid (Petr Yan). There’s so many dudes I would like to fight in the top. I truly believe I’m the best in the world and the fight game is so – one win erases all of that.”

“I’m excited to just get back in there and show my skills.”

(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Cody Garbrandt)

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