Cody Garbrandt appears to be doing his best to keep his chin up after suffering a unanimous decision loss against Rob Font in the main event of UFC Fight Night 188 on Saturday night.
“Rob was the better man today,” Garbrandt said in a video post on Instagram. “I just feel like I was fighting myself in there, battling myself, and I’m not taking anything away from him, congrats on his camp. First and foremost, thank God for keeping us both safe in there. A lot of positives come from this, brush it off, and get back with my coaches and teammates. We’re still striving to be the best and be the world champion. Sometimes there’s adversity that comes along in your dreams and makes you work harder, makes you realize what needs to be done, and makes it that much sweeter climbing up the mountain.
“I’m just really thankful. I wanted to come on here and just tell you guys how much I appreciate and love your support. It’s very appreciated. I’m trying to fight my heart out for you guys. Thank you.”
Garbrandt seemed to lack some of the spark on Saturday night that had previously led him to winning the bantamweight title back in 2016, but he was coming back after a laundry list of issues in 2020 that had included suffering long-haul symptoms from Covid-19 as well as having a staph infection, kidney issues and a torn bicep.
In total Garbrandt has now lost four of his last five fights, including three TKO losses in a row against TJ Dillashaw, Henry Cejudo and Pedro Munhoz, with the one saving grace during that period being a KO win over Raphael Assuncao last June.