Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is currently riding a three-fight losing streak, all by stoppage, losing twice to T.J. Dillashaw before being knocked out by Pedro Munhoz back in March at UFC 235.
The 27-year-old is a fan favorite with his aggressive in-your-face style, but showed a different side to his game when he put on a near-perfect performance highlighting his high fight IQ in defeating Dominick Cruz back at UFC 207 in December 2016 to claim the bantamweight title.
However, since that fight, Garbrandt has appeared to let his emotions take over in his losses to Dillashaw and Munhoz. Garbrandt’s manager, the outspoken Ali Abdelaziz, was a guest on MMA Junkie Radio and said his fighter needs some time off to heal before he is physically and mentally ready for his next fight later in the year:
“He’s got a lot of fight left in him,” Ali Abdelaziz said. “The key (is) you’ve got to get him healthy and get him right. The UFC wanted him to fight in Sacramento. I want him to fight in October or November. Let’s get him right.”
Garbrandt’s manager believes the July timeframe is too soon for his fighter after being finished in his last three fights. Abdelaziz said that for “No Love” to be successful again inside the Octagon he needs to be less aggressive, as the former champ tends to go all-in once he gets clipped by his opponent and used his fight blueprint against Cruz as an example of how he can improve going forward.
“You know what the problem is with Cody? He’s too much of a fighter,” Abdelaziz said. “If Cody fought the way (he did in the) Dominick Cruz fight, he’s going to be very hard to beat. But he’s got so much on his shoulder – a chip on his shoulders. If you punch him, he wants to kill you, he wants to eat your heart out. But that’s just Cody, love him or hate him.”