Concerned fans believe Cody Garbrandt looks “gutted” ahead of his flyweight debut and Kai Kara-France admits he is eager to test his opponent’s chin.
The former UFC bantamweight champion returns to UFC 269 on December 11 in a whole new weight class after struggling at 135 pounds.
“No Love” has seen miserable form since defeating Dominick Cruz to win the world title in 2016, dropping the belt in his first defense against bitter rival TJ Dillashaw.
A second loss to Dillashaw followed, before another knockout to Pedro Munhoz, then a clinical loss to Rob Font in May of this year.
The 30-year-old is undoubtedly a lot of talent and a move to flyweight seems like the way he wants to go.
However, some fans are worried about the former champion in that weight class and within two weeks of weigh-in day it looks like he has reached the skeletal stage of the cup.
Kara-France is a legitimate contender for 125 pounds and ‘Don’t Blink’ has told fans to expect Grabrandt to take off at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“It’s the biggest stage in the world and you don’t want to lose weight for the first time in front of all these people on the biggest pay-per-view with me in front of you,” Kara-France said. MMA Junkie Radio.
“You don’t know how your body will react. Being a bantamweight earlier in my career when I switched to flyweight it took a few fights to see success and just figure out how your body was going to react. Over time, it just comes with experience.
“This is not the first time that I have switched to flyweight in the UFC. This will be my eighth appearance now, so there is nothing new for me.
“For Cody, he’s trying to reinvent himself in this new weight class and there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. How will he recover from the weight loss?
“How is his chin going to hold up?” How’s his cardio going? And also, being in this new weight class, he was quick at bantamweight.
“Probably one of the fastest, but everyone is fast in this weight class and it’s all about scrambling and transitions and for me. This is what we do.
“That’s how we train in these camps, it’s just about angles, speed, footwork, and then finding the holes and tidying them up.”