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Cody Garbrandt is up to Scrap Demetrious Johnson When he Attempts to Set Title Defense Record

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Cody Garbrandt plans to defend the 135 title against TJ Dillashaw next, but if he does, “No Love” could turn his sights to another division’s belt.

Garbrandt shocked many throughout the MMA world in December, by outscoring Dominick Cruz to become the bantamweight champ. The undefeated fighter is going to face Dillashaw in his first title defense, at a date to be determined.

In the past, Garbrandt has talked about granting Cruz a rematch, which the latter has said he wants / expects. But, during a recent episode of the Aubrey Marcus podcast, Garbrandt relayed he also wants to fight Demetrious Johnson (quote via MMA Fighting):

“I’d rather go down before I go up. Demetrious has a fight with Wilson Reis in the not-too-distant future. That’s coming up, so he’ll tie Anderson Silva’s record. Then his next fight will be the all-time record. So he has all that. . . [I want to] make him earn it.

“I think that’s something that I need to do. I’m young – 25 – so rather than cut when I’m older, try to go down, go now. The time is now for me with that fight. I really think that should be – after the TJ fight of course – if Dominick [Cruz], I think he’s not coming. I’ll wait and see if Dominick wants to come back. If not, I’m willing to go after Demetrious. That’s the fight that’s next in my mind after TJ. I always plan one ahead. I’m prepared for TJ but Demetrious is in the foreshadows.”

 Now that has the makings of a ridiculously entertaining fight. But, it’s not clear if the UFC would be on board. Yes, the promotion let Conor McGregor change divisions and challenge for another title, but he’s one of the biggest names in combat sports. Plus, they also had McGregor ‘relinquish’ the 145 belt.
Johnson is booked to face Reis on April 15th at UFC on FOX 24. If he wins, he’ll tie Silva’s record of 10 title defenses.

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