A bantamweight bout between Rob Font and Cody Garbrandt has been handed the main event spot for UFC Vegas 27. The fight was first announced by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. The card already has seven bouts announced, whilst there hasn’t been a co-main event decided as of yet. Rob Font and Cody Garbrandt will battle it out on May 22nd, so make this a necessity in your calendars!
Rob Font and Cody Garbrandt Go to War in the Hunt for a Title Shot
Rob Font (18-4, 8-3 UFC) will be making his 12th appearance for the promotion on the weekend, as he’s desperate to have his first chance at winning a title in the UFC. Font fought at featherweight in CES MMA when he became the divisional champion with a first-round knockout over Chris Foster back in 2013.
With an impressive record of 10-1 at the time, Font was signed by the UFC and made his bantamweight debut for the promotion at UFC 175. He earned himself a Performance of the Night bonus after a first-round knockout over George Roop.
Another impressive win TKO over Joey Gomez, he then went on and faced John Lineker. He lost his first bout in the promotion on a unanimous decision, as Lineker came out the stronger opponent over three rounds.
It wasn’t until UFC on Fox 31 against Sergio Pettis, where Font bounced back and seemed to have turned a corner as a fighter, after a loss to Raphael Assunção in his previous fight. A Fight of the Night victory over Ricky Simon gave him the chance of fighting Marlon Moraes, who was #3 in the rankings at the time.
It was a stunning performance from Font, with the American hammering Moraes with the ground and pound before Marc Goddard stopped the fight. This earned Font another Performance of the Night bonus and now he faces potentially the toughest test of his career.
Cody “No Love” Garbrandt has revitalized his career with a staggering knockout punch against Assuncao at UFC 250. It took one right hook with one second left of the second round to knock Assuncao out cold.
The American had a stunning start to his career, winning his first five fights in the promotion, knocking out four of his opponents before getting a title shot against one of the greatest bantamweights in MMA history in Dominick Cruz.
Garbrandt was outstanding and he fought the fight of his life. He did something nobody had ever done before and that was schooling Cruz over five rounds. Garbrandt became Bantamweight Champion for the first time in a Fight of the Night performance.
In January 2017, the UFC announced Garbrandt would be one of The Ultimate Fighter 25 coaches against former Alpha Male team-mate T.J. Dillashaw. At UFC 217, Dillashaw was victorious in winning the title, after finishing Garbrandt in the second round. The two fought in a rematch at UFC 227, but the result was the same, with the round being the difference, with Dillashaw knocking him out in the first this time around.
It went from bad to worse for Garbrandt, after being heavily finished by Pedro Munhoz in his return at UFC 235 inside the first round. A win against Assuncao has put his career on track. The battle between Rob Font and Cody Garbrandt is going to be vicious and whoever comes out victorious, won’t be far away from a title shot.
With Rob Font and Cody Garbrandt signed up for the main event at UFC Vegas 27, here’s how the event is lined up so far:
- Bantamweight: Rob Font vs Cody Garbrandt
- Women’s featherweight: Felicia Spencer vs Danyelle Wolf
- Women’s Strawweight: Xiaonan Yan vs Carla Esparza
- Flyweight: Raulian Paiva vs David Dvorak
- Flyweight: Denys Bondar vs Victor Rodriguez
- Heavyweight: Rodrigo Nascimento vs. Alan Baudot
- Heavyweight: Justin Tafa vs Jared Vanderaa
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