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Ex-UFC champ Cody Garbrandt cleared for return, sees skid as blessing in disguise

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Time away from competition has given Cody Garbrandt perspective on his career, and no longer is he bothered by the fact he went from being an undefeated UFC champion to a three-fight losing skid.

After losing the UFC bantamweight belt to T.J. Dillashaw, and then being defeated in a subsequent rematch, Garbrandt (11-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) dropped a third fight in a row when he was stopped in the first round by Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235 in March. It was a defeat “No Love” may have partially brought upon himself by getting in what some deemed an unnecessary slugfest, and he walked away from the cage with multiple injuries in addition to the KO.

Garbrandt has spent the past several months rehabbing damage to his hand and wrist, and during that time he said he’s put his focus firmly on family. He has a 16-month old son who deserves attention, and he said that changed his mentality.

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“I think it’s a blessing in disguise that my career’s kind of taken this halt and stopped as far as transcending,” Garbrandt told MMA Junkie backstage at UFC on ESPN+ 13. “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.”

Garbrandt, 28, has received much criticism for a perceived lack of fight IQ in his losses. He said the issue has been addressed, and that’s why he can walk around with an absolute confidence about where his skills stack up in the bantamweight division.

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

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

With a clean bill of health and a mindset for success, Garbrandt said he’s looking to step back in the octagon in November. The 135-pound division has changed a lot in the few months Garbrandt has been out, with Henry Cejudo taking over as champion and new contenders emerging. Garbrandt said he hopes to match up with anyone at the top.

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

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