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UFC Vegas 27: Font vs Garbrandt

By: Clint MacLean (@DieHardMMAPod)

UFC Vegas 27 is a free card full of high stakes. The main event of UFC Vegas 27 is going to decide the next likely contender for the crown at 135. Former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt is on a mission to rise to the peak after falling from grace, and Rob Font has been the division’s dark horse grinding away in the shadows. Finally, these two men will collide in the main event, and the loser will return to the would-be contenders’ ranks while the winner has his sights set on gold.

The Fighters:

Rob Font (-115)

  • 33 years old
  • 18 – 4
  • 66% finish rate
  • 8 wins by KO/TKO
  • Height: 5’8
  • Reach: 71’

Rob Font is a high-level boxer who has slowly been attacking the 135-pound landscape. Having fought some of the biggest names in the division, Font has been quietly knocking on the door of contenders but seems to fail each time he rises and gets an opportunity to step up. Finally, in Font’s last fight against Marlon Moraes, he was able to get the monkey off his back and won a fight over a top fighter and former title challenger, and he did it in a big way. The font is currently riding a 3 fight win streak, and you would think that a win over former champion Cody Garbrandt would catapult him into a title opportunity.

 

Cody Garbrandt (-105)

  • 29 years old
  • 12 – 3
  • 65% finish rate
  • 10 Wins by Submission
  • Height: 5’8
  • Reach: 65’

Cody “No Love” Garbrandt was once the most powerful force in the 135-pound division. For one glorious night, Cody was able to put on the performance of a lifetime against then-champion Dominick Cruz. Cody moved like lightning and had better footwork than the current champion and dropped him several times. Watching Cody toy with Dom over the course of a 25-minute masterpiece was one of the most amazing things MMA fans have ever gotten to see. Then Cody fell off the map. Back-to-back losses to TJ Dillashaw and then a horrible knockout loss to Pedro Munhoz have left the once great Cody Garbrandt as the chinny meme of the division. Cody bounced back with an epic knockout of the durable Raphael Assuncao in his last outing and has promised to regain his belt and show the world he is still the best.

 

The Matchup:

Cody Garbrant is the kind of fighter who does not learn from his mistakes. Cody is a brash, hot-headed athlete who relies on his physical gifts to get the win over his opponents. Pedro Munhoz shows that Cody can get sucked into a gunfight when things are not going his way, which is always the concern. If Cody is in the driver’s seat, he is the best 135er on the planet, but as soon as the fight starts not going according to plan, his Plan B is to swing for the fences, and that comes with mixed results.

Rob Font is a fighter who is extremely defensively sound and out-lands his opponents in the UFC by over a full significant strike per minute. Rob Font averages 5.21 significant strikes per minute and absorbs only 3.83. Cody Garbrandt, on the other hand, averages 3.35 significant strikes per minute and absorbs 3.33. While Cody is outlanding his opponents, this stat shows his tendency to brawl, and his last 4 fights have really shown the downsides to brawling with elite fighters.

Personally, I am taking the Rob Font side of this fight. At a near pick-em price tag, you may want to take the guy with the championship experience and that stunning victory over Dom Cruz, but for myself, I would look for the fighter with the durability and the high Fight IQ. We touched on the waning durability of Cody Garbrant who’s 3 professional losses have all come by way of KO, but we need to mention Rob Font has a longer career and has never been finished. I believe that Rob will pick his shots and control the pace of this fight, and once the intensity goes up, I will bank on the man who has a chin to fall back on.

The Pick: Rob Font (-115)

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