Friday, December 9, 2022

Ali Abdelaziz Wants Cody Garbrandt To Return In Late 2019

Cody Garbrandt is riding a three-fight losing streak with all three wins coming by the way of knockout or TKO. He lost back-to-back fights to T.J. Dillashaw and then was knocked out by Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235.

Now, the question is, when will Garbrandt fight again? Well, according to his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, they are targeting a late 2019 return.

“He’s got a lot of fight left in him,” Ali Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie Radio. “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 believed fighting in July in Sacramento was too soon of a return. He believes the time off will be good for the former champ as he learns to be less aggressive which is a problem according to Abdelaziz.

“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.”