Report | Rani Yahya Out Of UFC Vegas 58 Matchup Against Cody Garbrandt After Neck Injury

Cody Garbrandt, Rani YahyaCody Garbrandt is without an opponent for his next fight. Former UFC Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt was scheduled to return to action against Rani Yahya at the UFC Apex, Las Vegas on July 9 at UFC Vegas 58. Cody Garbrandt will no longer fight Rani Yahya Yahya has been reportedly forced to withdraw from the […]

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Cody Garbrandt is without an opponent for his next fight.

Former UFC Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt was scheduled to return to action against Rani Yahya at the UFC Apex, Las Vegas on July 9 at UFC Vegas 58.

Cody Garbrandt will no longer fight Rani Yahya

Yahya has been reportedly forced to withdraw from the match due to a neck injury. He’s expected to remain on the sidelines from training for at least four weeks with no concrete timeline for his return to the octagon as of yet, as reported by MMA Fighting. Having dropped only one in the last five years, Yahya was looking to extend his win streak to three after dispatching both Ray Rodriguez and Kyung Ho Kang.

It remains to be seen whether Garbrandt will remain on the card and be matched up with a timely replacement or if he will be scrapped from the card for a future event.

‘No Love’ was going into the bout reeling off five losses in his previous six. Of those five losses, four were by knockout or technical knockout. His last outing and debut at flyweight against Kai Kara-France did not go his way as he got knocked out in the first round at UFC 269. The sole win for Garbrandt since December 2016 was against Raphael Assuncao, who he knocked out right before the bell in round two in June 2020.

Garbrandt was moving back up to the 135-lbs division, a weight class he ruled before succumbing to two consecutive defeats to TJ Dillashaw.

UFC Vegas 58 will be headlined by Rafael dos Anjos who faces Rafael Fiziev at the UFC Apex Arena this July 9.

Following the change, UFC Vegas 58’s card stands as below:

  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev
  • Cody Garbrandt vs. TBA
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes
  • Cortney Casey vs. Antonina Shevchenko
  • Cody Brundage vs. Tresean Gore
  • Saidyokub Kakhramonov vs. Ronnie Lawrence
  • Said Nurmagomedov vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
  • Jamie Pickett vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan
  • Caio Borralho vs. Armen Petrosyan
  • Sijara Eubanks vs. Maryna Moroz
  • Ricky Turcios vs. Aiemann Zahabi
  • Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Karl Roberson

TJ Dillashaw Weighs In On Cody Garbrandt’s Recent Losing Skid

Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has an idea of what Cody Garbrandt needs to do to get back on track in his career. Dillashaw is expected to face Aljamain Sterling later this year for the next bantamweight title shot. He lost his belt after getting suspended for two years by USADA for EPO use….

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Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has an idea of what Cody Garbrandt needs to do to get back on track in his career.

Dillashaw is expected to face Aljamain Sterling later this year for the next bantamweight title shot. He lost his belt after getting suspended for two years by USADA for EPO use.

Dillashaw returned last summer with a split decision win over Cory Sandhagen in one of the best fights of 2021. But, he suffered a nasty leg injury early on in the fight that required surgery and paused his comeback.

Dillashaw and Garbrandt battled twice in the Octagon, with Dillashaw winning both title fights. He took Garbrandt’s belt at UFC 217 before winning an immediate rematch at UFC 227.

Garbrandt’s struggles have continued after his Dillashaw fights, with knockout losses to the likes of Pedro Munhoz and flyweight Kai Kara-France. He’s slated to return later this year against Rani Yahya after his loss to Kara-France.

During a recent appearance on The Schaub Show, Dillashaw gave his thoughts on Garbrandt’s skillset and why he’s struggled in the Octagon.

“He’s a pretty freak athlete,” Dillashaw said. “He’s fast. He’s the fastest guy I’ve ever sparred or fought, by far the most speed, but I’m not trying to be a complete a**hole, but he’s not the smartest human being inside that cage. To be able to stay on the top, you’ve got to change who you are and fight to fight to fight, he’s the exact same fighter. He’s a wrestler. He knows how to wrestle. Why not learn some jiu-jitsu and stop relying on your chin and hands because your chin is not there.

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“So change up who you are as a fighter, and he’s just not willing to do that. He’s gonna keep his head in the same spot, his hands are gonna be low, and he’s gonna throw hard, fast hooks. So after everyone sees where his weaknesses are at, and his left hand is in his pocket as he throws the right hand, just keep your left hand high and smoke him with the right. I mean, game over. We’ve seen it like five fights in a row.” (h/t MMA Junkie)

Garbrandt has lost five of his last six fights, with four of those losses coming by knockout and with his lone decision loss coming against Rob Font. A loss to Yahya later in 2022 could be potentially the end of Garbrandt’s run in the UFC.

That said, Dillashaw doesn’t believe that Garbrandt’s mistakes aren’t correctable, and he thinks Garbrandt still has what it takes to be a matchup nightmare at bantamweight and flyweight.

Do you agree with TJ Dillashaw’s assessment of Cody Garbrandt?

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Update: Rani Yahya Out Of July 9 Cody Garbrandt Fight

The July 9 UFC bantamweight showdown between former champion Cody Garbrandt and Rani Yahya has been canceled after Yahya withdrew from the fight. According to a report from MMA Fighting, it was a neck injury that forced Yahya to withdraw from the bout. There is currently no word yet on if Garbrandt will remain on…

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The July 9 UFC bantamweight showdown between former champion Cody Garbrandt and Rani Yahya has been canceled after Yahya withdrew from the fight.

According to a report from MMA Fighting, it was a neck injury that forced Yahya to withdraw from the bout. There is currently no word yet on if Garbrandt will remain on the card.

Garbrandt is coming off of a UFC flyweight debut that didn’t go according to plan, as he was knocked out by Kai Kara-France in Round 1 back at UFC 269. Before that, he suffered losses at bantamweight to Rob Font and Pedro Munhoz.

It’s unclear if Garbrandt is done competing at flyweight or if his return to bantamweight is for the short term.

Garbrandt earned the UFC bantamweight title by defeating Dominick Cruz at UFC 207. He would go on to lose back-to-back title fights to TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217 and UFC 227.

Yahya has won his last two fights in the Octagon, including most recently against Kyung Ho Kang last November. He also earned wins over Luke Sanders and Ray Rodriguez.

Garbrandt had been expected to potentially compete for the UFC flyweight title before his flyweight debut loss. He has fought at bantamweight for the majority of his career.

The July 9 UFC Fight Night event includes a women’s flyweight matchup between Cynthia Calvillo and Nina Nunes, and the return of The Ultimate Fighter: 29 finalist Tresean Gore against Josh Fremd. The card will be headlined by Rafael dos Anjos taking on fellow lightweight “Rafael,” Rafael Fiziev.

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Henry Cejudo Offers To Help Cody Garbrandt: ‘I Just Want To Guide Him’

henry cejduo cody garbrandtFormer two-division UFC champion, Henry Cejudo has revealed that he reached out to Cody Garbrandt to assist him with coaching. Since announcing his retirement, Cejudo has attracted many top names in the UFC to train alongside himself and his coach Eric Albarracin at the Fight Ready gym. Stars such as Jon Jones, Jiri Prochazka, and […]

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Former two-division UFC champion, Henry Cejudo has revealed that he reached out to Cody Garbrandt to assist him with coaching.

Since announcing his retirement, Cejudo has attracted many top names in the UFC to train alongside himself and his coach Eric Albarracin at the Fight Ready gym. Stars such as Jon Jones, Jiri Prochazka, and Zhang Weili have also recently attended the gym to hone in on their skills.

Newly anointed flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo had high praise for ‘The Messenger’, moving to train with Cejudo for his trilogy bout against Brandon Moreno. “It feels great training with him. Figueiredo said to Dazn, “I enjoy it a lot. I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve learned to like him as a person as well.”

Henry Cejudo Reaches Out To Cody Granbrandt

One fighter that Cejudo feels that could use with his guidance is former bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt. Garbrandt is currently 1-5 in his last six bouts, with four of those coming by knockout; ‘No Love’ is also coming off an unsuccessful drop down in weight to the flyweight division.

However, when speaking to Helen Yee, The Olympic gold medallist had shared that he still has belief in Garbrandt had contacted him to come and train at the gym.

“I talked to Cody Garbrandt, too, a little bit because I think he still has the talent,” said Cejudo. “There’s a lot of opportunity for him to continue to keep growing, and I think whatever he’s done in the past, I just want to guide him. (Transcribed by BloodyElbow)

“I don’t necessarily want him here full time, but just give him a two cents of how is it that I think he should probably train. How is it that he should probably take the distance because Cody is so technical, he shouldn’t be in fist fights. He needs to just technically pick you apart.

“We talked to him on the phone,” continued Cejudo. “He’s good friends with Ali [Abdelaziz]. I’m looking out for him. I think his career, it blossomed in the beginning, and it’s just a lot of trial and error, and just fighting emotional has cost him.

If Cody Garbrandt was to train with Henry Cejudo, What do you think he could add to his game?

Cody Garbrandt’s Uncle/Trainer Believes One More KO Could End Career

Cody Garbrandt’s uncle is worried about his health and safety. Coming up in combat sports, Cody Garbrandt was under the tutelage of his uncle Robert Meese. Meese was his boxing and a striking coach. He was Garbrandt’s main coach in his early days and has stayed with him through his time at Team Alpha Male. […]

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Cody Garbrandt’s uncle is worried about his health and safety.

Coming up in combat sports, Cody Garbrandt was under the tutelage of his uncle Robert Meese. Meese was his boxing and a striking coach. He was Garbrandt’s main coach in his early days and has stayed with him through his time at Team Alpha Male. Meese has seen Garbrandt through ups and downs and was there when he won his bantamweight title. But recently, Garbrandt has been having trouble finding a win in the UFC.

Meese spoke presently to TalkSports about his nephews’ future and his health overall.

“If Cody gets knocked out again, I am pretty sure his career is over,” Meese said. “But Cody can come back, George Foreman hit a bump in his career and came back and he had more fun and made more money and won the heavyweight title.”

Garbrandt has lost two in a row and five of his last six. Of those five losses, four were via KO or TKO. After losing his bantamweight title, Garbrandt decided to try his hand at flyweight. He made his flyweight debut last year but lost to Kai Kara-France. Garbrandt’s uncle knows firsthand what a significant weight cut can do to a fighter.

“In terms of cutting weight, I can only speak about what I know. I was preparing for a fight, and I had to cut extra weight at the last minute due to the opponent. So, I had to get down to a certain weight,” Meese said. “Then the night of the fight, I thought I was going to die. I cut so much weight it felt like Mike Tyson hit me. So, you’re really not going to know until the night of the fight how it feels to get hit at that weight. The real weight was 125 pounds but you’re not really doing any sparring at 125.”

The future is unclear for Garbrandt right now. With the loss to Kara-France, his chances at getting a title shot at 125 pounds seem slim. His best bet might be to return to bantamweight and try again to regain his title. From 2015 up until he lost to TJ Dillashaw in 2017 he was unstoppable. Many fighters who Garbrandt holds wins over are still right up at the top of the division. He could fight a rematch that the fans could be interested in and work his way back up to the title fight.

As for staying at flyweight, his uncle doesn’t seem to believe that is a good idea.

“We all knew Cody wasn’t at his best going into that fight, me, Urijah Faber, Chris Holdsworth we all knew,” he said.

Do you think Cody Garbrandt is nearing the end of his career or will he have a resurgence?

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Deiveson Figueiredo Has No Interest In Fighting Cody Garbrandt: ‘He’s Totally In Decline’

deiveson figueiredoDuring Deiveson Figueiredo’s short reign as flyweight champion, it appeared that Cody Garbrandt was a potential challenger for his 125lb crown. After watching ‘No Love’ make an unsuccessful flyweight debut at UFC 269, Figueiredo has suggested Garbrandt never returns to the division while also ruling out facing the former bantamweight champion in the future. During […]

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During Deiveson Figueiredo’s short reign as flyweight champion, it appeared that Cody Garbrandt was a potential challenger for his 125lb crown.

After watching ‘No Love’ make an unsuccessful flyweight debut at UFC 269, Figueiredo has suggested Garbrandt never returns to the division while also ruling out facing the former bantamweight champion in the future.

During a recent edition of MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca, Figueiredo gave his thoughts on Garbrandt’s first-round TKO loss to Kai Kara-France.

“I really expected more,” Figueiredo said of Garbrandt’s flyweight debut. “It became clear that this division is not for him. He has to stay in his weight class. It’s clear he gets weaker, physically speaking, going down in weight. He’s totally worn out. He should stay [at bantamweight] or move up to 145. This division is not for him.”

Deiveson Figueiredo Says Cody Garbrandt Is Too Young To Retire

Garbrandt has won just one fight since 2016 and has been stopped in all but one of his five defeats during that time. It’s the type of form that would make most former champs consider retirement, however, Garbrandt is only 30 years old and still has time to turn things around.

After witnessing Garbrandt’s skid, Figueiredo insists he will no longer entertain the idea of possibly fighting him in the future as ‘No Love is “totally in decline.”

“Since he’s a boxer and likes boxing, it would be good for him to box, to make that transition,” Figueiredo added. “He’s too young to think about retirement. He’s still got wood left to burn. In MMA [too], but flyweight is not for him. That message was very clear.”

Figueiredo will attempt to regain the flyweight title at UFC 270 tonight when he takes on Brandon Moreno for the third time in as many years. ‘The Baby Assassin’ scored a third-round submission victory over Figueiredo the last time they met.

Do you think we’ll ever see Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Cody Garbrandt?