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UFC Fight Night: Rob Font vs. Cody Garbrandt Main Event Picks

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UFC Fight Night: Rob Font vs. Cody Garbrandt Main Event Picks
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should be a very entertaining bantamweight fight between Rob Font and Cody Garbrandt. Here’s a complete preview, including updated betting odds and sports betting online picks.

Rob Font vs. Cody Garbrandt

Saturday, May 22, 2021 – 11:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas

Bantamweight Main Event Bout

UFC Fight Night: Rob Font vs. Cody Garbrandt takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. A limited number of fans will be in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, use our Odds calculator to find some value for our UFC picks on this fight.

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Rob Font

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Born and raised in Leominster, Massachusetts, Rob Font began his amateur career in 2009 and went 3-1 before becoming a professional in 2011. He's been beating people up since, compiling a 10-1 record and winning the CES MMA featherweight championship in 2013 before signing with the UFC in 2014. Font made a statement in his UFC debut, stopping George Roop with an unforgettable and devastating knockout in the first round at UFC 175 on July 5th, 2014.

Since then he's had some setbacks and grapplers are his kryptonite but Font still has a decent 8-3 record in the UFC and he's won his last three fights. His win streak includes unanimous decision victories against reigning Bellator bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis and Ricky Simon and a TKO in the first round against former number one contender Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 183 on December 19th.

  • Born: June 25th, 1987
  • Age: 33
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 5’8″
  • Weight: 135 lbs
  • Reach: 71″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Team Sityodtong
  • Class: Bantamweight
  • Record: 18-4

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
8 wins by KO/TKO5.21 Landed36% Accuracy
4 wins by Submission3.83 Absorbed48% Defended
6 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Former CES MMA featherweight champion
  • Talented striker
  • Currently on a three-fight win streak

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Often becomes stuck against grapplers

Cody Garbrandt. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Cody Garbrandt

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

A former UFC bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt was also a state champion in wrestling as a freshman in 2007 and an All–State linebacker during his junior season at Claymont High School in Uhrichsville, Ohio. Garbrandt committed completely to his amateur MMA career in 2009 and he went 6–2 before making his professional debut in 2012. 'No Love' Gabrandt won his first five fights in the UFC and then claimed the UFC bantamweight championship by becoming only the second fighter to defeat Dominick Cruz, handing him his first defeat in almost a decade at UFC 207 on December 30th, 2016.

After back-to-back early knockout losses against T.J. Dillashaw in 2017 and 2018 (the first one cost him the UFC bantamweight championship), Garbrandt was stopped by Pedro Munhoz in under 10 seconds at UFC on March 2nd, 2019, forcing him to take a long hard look at himself and regroup during a hiatus. The time away from the UFC rejuvenated Garbrandt and he stopped Raphael Assuncao in the second round with a knockout of the year contender at UFC 250 on June 6th to get back on track.

  • Born: July 7th, 1991
  • Age: 29
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 5’7″
  • Weight: 135 lbs
  • Reach: 65″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Team Alpha Male
  • Class: Bantamweight
  • Record: 12-3

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
10 wins by KO/TKO3.35 Landed33% Accuracy
0 wins by Submission3.33 Absorbed100% Defended
2 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Former UFC bantamweight champion
  • Lightning-fast hand speed
  • Willingness to finish his opponents

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Has a weak chin

Prediction

We are in for a treat on Saturday, as Rob Font and Cody Garbrandt are two of the fastest strikers in UFC history and both have shown elite technical ability. Font's ability to read his opponents is unmatched and it has led to his current three-fight winning streak. His path to victory is simple, he has to keep the fight standing and use his size advantage. Garbrandt's potent boxing is reliable but his background in wrestling could be the difference if the fight reaches the 4th and 5th rounds. Cody Garbrandt has an advantage in power and grappling and I like his chances if he doesn't become reckless in exchanges. The former UFC bantamweight champion is a well-rounded martial artist and he can overcome this challenge if he doesn't allow his emotions to take over.

UFC Pick: Cody Garbrandt +100 at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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