Cody Garbrandt is back. That’s all there is to it. Knocking out Raphael Assuncao in devastating fashion at the bell. This is exactly how I predicted this fight would go on episode #43 of the Big Easy Bets podcast. A much more calculated Garbrandt didn’t allow his emotions to get the best of him. He picked his spots and didn’t get reckless, then just before the 2nd round bell, Garbrandt turned the lights out.
I’m not sure what is next for him, but it is clear that Cody Garbrandt is back. He badly needed this win after three consecutive losses. He has taken a page out of Justin Gaethje’s book and adjusted his approach.