UFC 227 took place just over a month ago and it left us with some great memories. Of course, for multiple fighters involved they’re forgettable memories.
Not necessarily however as all losses are learning experiences and surely that’s what the former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will do with them after his loss at the event.
In the main event of UFC 227, Garbrandt would suffer the second defeat of his career, his second defeat in a row and second to champion TJ Dillashaw as he would be knocked out in the first round.
Last Wednesday it was reported that Garbrandt had deactivated all of his social media accounts so that he wasn’t unfocused on his tasks at hand.
Yesterday Garbrandt’s coach and mentor, the UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber spoke with MMAFighting to discuss where exactly Garbrandt is at mentally right now.
“Cody is enjoying being a family man right now. He was in the gym the other day and he was in good spirits. I know he’s been working out still.
This is a mean world, and everyone likes to jump in and kick people when they’re down. Cody is someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, there’s no pretenses with him. I don’t know if that has something to do with it, if it was negativity he was paying attention to.
I myself, I get things all the time where people say ‘hey, did you see so and so said this, so and so said that?’. I do my best to put the blinders on, and its funny, because the person with the microphone gets to dictate the storyline and right now it’s I had my time to be the guy with the microphone, and now it’s other people’s time. So you can’t worry about other people’s interpretations of things and whatnot.“
Garbrandt and Team Alpha Male’s history with Dillashaw is well documented so two straight knockout losses to his arch-rival are absolutely the opposite results that were expected.
Having fought and lost in every UFC title fight that he participated in (four), Faber is able to provide a very good perspective for his young protege in Garbrandt and let him known that he can always get back on the horse.
As still one of the 135-pound division’s best fighters, it’s not at all the end of the world.
“I spent some time with Cody directly after the fight.” Faber continued, “And I wasn’t necessarily the one that was in the corner for him for that fight, I’ve got some great perspectives for him, I said I’ve been in this a real long time I’ve got some good perspective for you, so, he seems open to that, we’re going to have a conversation about his path forward yet but it just hasn’t happened yet.
Cody’s doing really well, he sent me an incredible video of his baby watching TV and he’s in good spirits. He’s 27 years old and he had a moment where he needs to figure out, what’s my motivation, what’s my dedication, and that’s that.“
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/11/2018