Joe Rogan reflects on Cody Garbrandt giving title belt to Maddux Maple

January 3, 2017 11:31 am by Evan Bell
Cody Garbrandt

In one of the final UFC scraps of 2016, undefeated bantamweight fighter Cody Garbrandt put on the performance of a lifetime as he picked apart Dominick Cruz over the course of five rounds to secure the UFC bantamweight championship. In addition to picking Cruz apart, Garbrandt landed several big punches on Cruz that sent the champ to the canvas dazed and confused.

Following the fight, Garbrandt presented his friend Maddux Maple with the UFC bantamweight championship belt, many years after he promised his young friend that he would win the UFC championship belt for him, if he beat Leukemia for Garbrandt. While Garbrandt’s performance in the fight was certainly a big moment from the night, it was Garbrandt giving Maple the bantamweight championship belt that really left a lasting impression on the MMA community.

Cody Garbrandt

Following the event, UFC commentator Joe Rogan took to social media to reflect on the moment, complete with a video of Garbrandt explaining how Maple has made such an impact on his life:

Leading up to the fight it was revealed that Garbrandt planned to give Maple the official UFC championship belt, while he planned to have a replica belt for himself.


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