Cody Garbrandt won his fight against Raphael Assuncão at UFC 250 on Saturday night at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas with a crazy knockout.
Right at the end of the second round, Garbrandt knocked out Assuncão just when the horn sounded to signify the round’s end. He landed a massive right hand straight to Assuncão’s face that ended the fight.
The knockout showed the strength and power Garbrandt possesses.
Garbrandt began his pro MMA career by going 11-0. He lost the UFC Bantamweight Championship in consecutive defeats to TJ Dillashaw, and then lost to Pedro Munhoz.
This was Garbrandt’s first victory since 2016, and it was done in spectacular fashion.
TJ Dillashaw knocked out Cody Garbrandt in the second round of their fight at UFC 217 on Saturday in New York to claim the UFC Bantamweight Championship, and then he quickly set his eyes on another fighter.
Dillashaw called out Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who is the UFC Flyweight champion.
Dillashaw afterwards: Demetrious Johnson I’m coming for you, I’m going to break you. You got that record and it’s fake. You know it.
Mighty Mouse won the inaugural UFC Flyweight Championship in 2012 and has successfully defended it 11 times in a row since then. Dillashaw fights at a class above that as a bantamweight.
Dillashaw, 31, made an impressive comeback against Garbrandt in their fight. He was knocked down by Garbrandt late in the first and appeared to be in trouble, but he was saved by the bell. In the second round, he did some damage. He nailed Garbrandt with a left high kick that left his opponent stunned. He followed up with a right hand that knocked Garbrandt to the ground. He then hopped on top of Garbrandt and started pounding him until the fight was stopped at 2:41 in the second.
The defeat marked the first of Garbrandt’s career as he was previously 11-0.
It’s unclear at what weight Johnson and Dillashaw would meet if they were to fight, though previous talks had Dillashaw dropping down to 125. Dillashaw and the UFC have long wanted this fight to happen. The question is whether Johnson would approve it.
Cody Garbrandt didn’t just beat Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 on Friday night — he put on a show.
Garbrandt beat Cruz to win the UFC bantamweight title at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 25-year-old Team Alpha Male fighter was just miles ahead of Cruz in the octagon. Check out the way he broke out some dance moves during the fight after ducking multiple punches.