Cody Garbrandt reported a little while back that he had to keep his temper in check, when Jean-Claude Van Damme clipped him with a kick, and now an apparent video of the infamous strike, has surfaced…(it sounds much more dramatic than it is).
The former bantamweight champ talked about the incident during an episode of the Real Quick With Mike Quick podcast. While doing so, Garbrandt had this to say about getting clipped, by the martial artist and Hollywood star (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
“I was like ‘I’m going to rip his head off, but it’s Jean-Claude what are you supposed to do?’ All of a sudden he looks at me, drops to his knees and starts crying and is like “My champion!” and starts crying like that, so I felt hella awkward. Hands on my hips, I’m mad, my lip is all busted open and I got that hot sweat, so I just looked at him and I’m like ‘Jean… “ – I kept calling him Jean, I didn’t know it was Jean-Claude – so I walked out of the Octagon, just leave the place, left the gym. It was f—ked up; everyone was watching, taking videos, so from the outside it looked like I hit him and he was crying.”
“I’m driving home and Urijah is like laughing about it, he thought it was the funniest shit ever because Urijah was in the cage, Chris was in the cage,” Garbrandt added. “He’s like, ‘Dude, that was the most awkward thing ever. You flipped out on him and he just dropped down to his knees and started crying. We didn’t know what to do.’”
Well, since then, the video clip below was posted on Instagram:
Obviously you don’t get to see much of Garbrandt’s reaction, but it does look like he promptly headed out of the cage, to take a moment and cool down…Yup. “No Love” doesn’t seem like a guy whose temper you want to test.
In terms of Garbrandt’s next bout, following his stoppage loss to T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217 in November, it’s still not clear what’s next for the heavy handed fighter.