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UFC Vegas 27 card: Cody Garbrandt vs Rob Font full fight preview

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) knockout artists Cody Garbrandt and Rob Font will face off TONIGHT (Saturday, May 22, 2021) at UFC Vegas 27 inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Garbrandt has never lost to anything other than the elite opposition in his three-game losing streak, but it’s hard to be optimistic when what happened before those losses was nothing less than the domination. Thankfully, the former champion bounced back in style last year, picking up a sensational knockout victory and righting the ship. Font has had his own losses over the years as well, but he’s really become his own lately, building up a great three-game winning streak to really get into the title mix. Another big win over a name like “No Love” might just be the push Font needs to score a title shot.

Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for every man:

Cody garbrandt

Record: 12-3
Key wins: Dominick Cruz (UFC 207), Raphael Assuncao (UFC 250), Thomas Almeida (UFC Fight Night 88), Takeya Mizugaki (UFC 202), Augusto Mendes (UFC Fight Night 83)
Key losses: TJ Dillashaw (UFC 227, UFC 217), Pedro Munhoz (UFC 235)
Keys to victory: The fighters don’t come much faster than Cody Garbrandt. The boxer has lightning-fast punching power in his hands and a quality wrestling experience, but his latest development is a more refined kicking game.

Garbrandt and Font have similar styles. Both boxers are looking to line up their right hands behind the jab, but Garbrandt works more in bursts, while Font is more of a consistent batsman. As such, it will be to Garbrandt’s advantage to keep his feet moving, as he wants to convince Font to reach for him.

This is how the counters open.

Both men will likely fire low shots often from a distance, but I’d still love to see Garbrandt establish his jab. He has a great one, but he doesn’t throw it often. Against a stinging boxer, Garbrandt can’t limit himself to hooks and crosses.

Finally, Garbrandt would be wise to mix up a pullout or two! It’s an underrated aspect of his game, and it’s not like Font is an unfathomable submission threat.

Rob’s font

Record: 18-4
Key wins: Marlon Moraes (UFC Vegas 17), Ricky Simon (UFC on ESPN 7), Sergio Pettis (UFC on FOX 31), Thomas Almeida (UFC 220), Douglas Silva de Andrade (UFC 213)
Key losses: Raphael Assuncao (UFC 226), John Lineker (UFC 198), Pedro Munhoz (UFC Fight Night 119)
Keys to victory: Font is one of the main knockout artists in his division. He’s comfortable in a scrapyard or controls range and flow with his jab, and so far Font has demonstrated a well-balanced grappling game to pair with his dangerous attack.

Against Garbrandt, there are two historical weaknesses that have been taken advantage of in his losses. Technically, Garbrandt can jump forward with his right hand, lowering his left and leaving himself exposed in the process. In the past, Font has shown a nice counter on the right hand, which could be a perfect weapon here.

Alternatively, Garbrandt struggled to keep his cool during a shootout. If Font does not win the technical battle, it would be worth rolling the dice when trying to force a brawl, as “No Love” might well engage him in such a battle.

Neither man is immune to being shaken, and both have great power, so anything can go up in the air quickly.

At the end of the line

The stakes are definitely high here.

At the moment, the bantamweight title is somewhat on hold as Aljamain Sterling and Pete Yan still have business to settle. Cory Sandhagen’s winner over TJ Dillashaw would otherwise have an argument for a title shot, but given the circumstances, the winner of this fight could face this man in a title eliminator. For Garbrandt in particular, he has options with a win. Besides chasing bantamweight gold a second time, Garbrandt has already received a flyweight title shit once before. If he wins big here, Brandon Moreno’s winner against Deiveson Figueiredo 2 is an option.

Defeat is also costly. Garbrandt has yet to put a ton of distance between himself and that three-game losing streak, so another loss will seriously hurt his position. Meanwhile, Font has been working hard to build a quality winning streak, but much of it goes up in smoke if he loses to his fourth-highest-ranked foe.

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At UFC Vegas 27, Cody Garbrandt and Rob Font will launch into the main event. What man remains standing when the dust settles?