When UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt was forced out of his UFC 213 fight with TJ Dillashaw with a back injury, his sizzling beef with Dillashaw was pushed onto the back burner. With this beef on the back burner, Garbrandt has thrust himself into another feud – and it’s a weird one.
Over the last week or so, Garbrandt has been getting into it on Twitter with bodybuilder Matthew Kline Kader. The pair’s beef reached a head when Garbrandt challenged Kader to come out to Sacramento and fight. Almost immediately, Kader expressed interest in doing so. Now, Kader has added fuel to the fire by releasing a bizarre promo video for his alleged gym fight with Garbrandt, complete with an introduction by Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer. See this video, which Kader shared to his official Twitter, below:
— Matthew Kline Kader™ (@Shallowking) May 28, 2017
Like we said, it’s a bit of a strange one.
Whether or not Garbrandt actually fights Kader – and we all know how such a fight would go – is difficult to say. What is clear is that Garbrandt wants to return to the far more legitimate pursuit of mixed martial arts in the near future. While his planned UFC 213 showdown with Dillashaw has been nixed, he’s hoping he might be able to fight Dillashaw at UFC 214 on July 29 – though he can’t commit to that date just yet.
“Hey if it was a perfect world, and everything worked right for me, I would TJ’s ass July 29th,” the bantamweight champ said on the latest episode of The MMA Hour. “I’m tracking my progress weekly. I’m not trying to prolong this fight with TJ. Who wants to go around and deal with this dickhead for this long?”
What do you make of this Cody Garbrandt vs. Matthew Kline Kader beef?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/31/2017.