Apr 12, 2024

Garbrandt Aims to Recapture Past Glory at UFC 300

Garbrandt Aims to Recapture Past Glory at UFC 300

Garbrandt Aims to Recapture Past Glory at UFC 300

Cody Garbrandt's recent success feels reminiscent of his 2016 championship run. After returning to bantamweight and racking up two wins, including a knockout of Brian Kelleher, Garbrandt finds himself in a familiar groove.

"There are definitely glimpses of that," Garbrandt admits, referencing his 2016 dominance in a recent interview with UFC.com. He emphasizes the importance of staying active, healthy, and focused on training and scheduling fights.

Back to Basics for Success

For Garbrandt, rediscovering his winning formula meant returning to the fundamentals. In 2016, he captured the title with a dominant performance against Dominick Cruz.  However, injuries and a focus on "fancy training" led to a slump.

"Simplicity is where I flourish," Garbrandt explains. He emphasizes the value of hard work, a consistent routine, and accepting the inevitable ups and downs of training.

A "Keep it Simple" Philosophy

Garbrandt's recent victories over Trevin Jones and Kelleher validate his back-to-basics approach.  While acknowledging the past, he remains focused on the present.

"Hindsight is always perfect," he says. "But I live in the moment and control what I can control." He's learned to accept setbacks like missed training days as potential blessings in disguise.

Looking Forward to a Stylistically Pleasing Matchup

When Garbrandt is in peak physical and mental condition, he delivers electrifying performances. At 32, he has plenty more to offer.  He's excited about facing former flyweight champion and Blockasset Lutadores fighter Deiveson Figueiredo.

"Stylistically, I love it," Garbrandt says. "This fight showcases my skills and proves there are levels to this game." He sees victory as a path back to the top of the bantamweight division, where he believes he belongs.

With a familiar approach and a thrilling matchup on the horizon, Garbrandt aims to recapture the magic of 2016 at UFC 300.