The last UFC event in May takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday when former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt takes on Rob Font.
Garbrandt returns to the Octagon for the first time in over 11 months. After a one-punch knockout from Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250, Garbrandt had to fall to flyweight and challenge champion Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 255. Then Garbrandt’s health entered a downward spiral.
Garbrandt contracted COVID, had three blood clots in his right arm caused by a ruptured vein and a severe case of dizziness. The situation left Garbrandt with no choice but to withdraw from the fight. The Ohio native believes a win over Font puts him in a privileged position to secure another flyweight title shot against rematch winner Figueiredo-Brandon Moreno at UFC 263.
“I think so,” Garbrandt told DAZN News earlier in the week. “It’s something that I do and do. If I get two big knockout wins over guys who are in the top five in the division on top of that, and I’m a former world champion who paid his dues to the UFC. I was given the chance for the title. I think I bring a lot of looks to the flyweight division. It’s so Figgy overtakes him. I want to fight Figgy. I think that Figgy is going to win. I’m excited for this fight. First and foremost, I’m focused on Rob, and I have to go out there and do what I’m doing. I’m just excited to fight. Can’t wait to get my hands on this guy and hurt him and get him out. “
Font is 8-3 in the UFC and has won four of his last five to move up to No. 3 in the bantamweight division. He last fought in December, bringing former 135-pound title challenger Marlon Moraes in under four minutes.
The winner can plead against the champion Aljamain Sterling on his return from injury.
Here’s everything you need to know about UFC Fight Night: Cody Garbrandt vs. Rob Font.
UFC Fight Night: Garbrandt vs Font start time
- Dated: Saturday May 22
- Time: 7:00 p.m. ET / midnight BST
- Main event: 9:15 p.m. ET / 2:15 p.m. BST
UFC Fight Night: Garbrandt vs Font takes place on Saturday night with the prelims kicking off at 4 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. BST and the main card kicking off at 7 p.m. ET. It means a start of midnight for the UK. Garbrandt and Font are expected to travel to the Octagon around 9:15 p.m., although that depends on the length of previous fights.
UFC Fight Night: Garbrandt vs Font TV Channel and Live Stream
- we: ESPN +
- UK: BT Sport 1
In the US, the prelims for UFC Fight Night: Garbrandt vs Font can be seen live on ESPN +. The main card is available via the live stream on ESPN +.
In the UK, the event can be seen on BT Sport 1.
More details on how to watch in other countries can be found at UFC.com.
Where is UFC Fight Night: Garbrandt vs Font?
Garbrandt vs Font will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Garbrandt and Font face off at the site for the second time.
UFC Fight Night: Garbrandt vs Font fight
Bet MGM (as of May 20) has tabulated Font as the small favorite at -120, meaning a bet of $ 120 will net you $ 100. Garbrandt is listed as a +100 underdog, signaling that a $ 100 bet would pay $ 100 if he is victorious on Saturday night.
Cody Garbrandt recording and biography
- Nationality: American
- Born: July 7, 1991
- Height: 5-7
- Reach: 65.5 inches
- Total fights: 15
- Record: 12-3
Recording and biography of Rob Font
- Nationality: American
- Born: June 25, 1987
- Height: 5-8
- Reach: 71.5 inches
- Total fights: 22
- Record: 18-4
UFC Fight Night: Garbrandt vs. Font
- Rob Font vs. Cody Garbrandt; Bantam-weight
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- Justin Tafa vs. Jared Vanderaa; Heavy weights
- Felicia Spencer vs. Norma Dumont Viana; Women’s featherweight
- David Dvořák v Raulian Paiva; Fly weight
- Jack Hermansson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan; Average weight
- Ricardo Ramos vs. Bill Algeo; Bantam-weight
- Ben Rothwell vs. Chris Barnett; Heavy weights
- Court McGee v Cláudio Silva; Welterweight
- Bruno Gustavo da Silva against Victor Rodriguez; Fly weight
- Josh Culibao vs. Sha Yilan; Lightweight
- Damir Hadžović v Yancy Medeiros; Lightweight
- Rafael Alves v Damir Ismagulov; Lightweight