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Cody Garbrandt Says he Knew His Boxing Would Exploit “Suspect Chin” of Thomas Almeida

Kelsey Mowatt

Cody Garbrandt

Leading up to UFC Fight Night 88, Cody Garbrandt repeatedly said he was going to end the undefeated run of Thomas Almeida, and the rising bantamweight certainly did just that.

Garbrandt came out guns blazing on Sunday night, and quickly put Almeida on the defensive with quick and hard punches. Just when it looked like Almeida might be getting back into the fight, Garbrandt poured on several more big shots and put the Brazilian fighter away.

Afterwards, here is some of what the Team Alpha Male fighter had to say about his big win, while speaking¬†with the UFC’s Megan Olivi (quote via Bloody

“I knew I was gonna knock him out, like I said, in the first round, I knew that he had a suspect chin,” Garbrandt said. “He’s a phenomenal warrior, four fight night bonuses, I take nothing from him. I wanted to fight him, I knew stylistically that’s a great win for me. I knew I was gonna knock him out. I knew I was gonna exploit his weaknesses with my boxing and his style.”

Prior to this weekend’s scrap, Garbrandt did note that Almeida took quite a few shots in some of his UFC bouts to date. In those cases, he was able to recover and in turn record highlight reel stoppage wins. Against Garbrandt, however, any chance to recover was quickly bombed away.

It will be interesting to see where Almeida goes from here. If he can shore up his defense, he could very well make another title shot run.

Garbrandt, meawhile, is almost certainly going to face another, top ranked bantamweight next. If he wins that fight in convincing fashion, a title shot could come next.


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