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Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke some very unfortunate news Friday when he announced that current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway had suffered an injury and was no longer able to defend his belt against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222.

With that news, the UFC has been left scrambling to try and find a new main event while attempting to keep “The Answer” on the March 3 fight card in Las Vegas.

MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC was hoping to have Brian Ortega replace the injured Max Holloway against Frankie Edgar in a non-title bout.

The promotion was also hoping to book a short-notice bantamweight title fight rematch between current champ T.J. Dillashaw and former title holder Cody Garbrandt to help salvage the card.

Unfortunately for fight fans hoping to see that rematch, Dillashaw is apparently injured and would rather return at UFC 226 this July in a super-fight with current Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

The always game former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar recently took to Twitter where he bravely announced that he would be willing to fight anyone in any weight class to save the UFC 222 pay-per-view event.

“I’m down for anyone, any fight, any weight class. Let’s save this fight card! @danawhite @seanshelby @Mickmaynard2” – Frankie Edgar

It did not take long for “The Answer” to receive an offer, as the aforementioned former UFC bantamweight champion of the world Cody Garbrandt took to social media with the following.

“@AliAbdelaziz00 get us paid I’m down!! #fightersfight” – Cody Garbrandt

Is this the fight to make?

UFC 217 Results: TJ Dillashaw KO’s Cody Garbrandt (VIDEO)

UFC 217 Results: TJ Dillashaw KO’s Cody Garbrandt (VIDEO)

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

A bantamweight title fight between current champion Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw served as the co-main event of UFC 217 in New York.

Round one begins and Cody comes out quickly. Dillashaw switches stances. Cody throws a low kick. Dillashaw catches Cody with a nice knee to the body. Garbrandt circles out. TJ with a low kick, Cody responds with a left hand over the top. TJ fakes a spinning back fist. Cody comes forward with a head kick that is blocked. TJ presses forward. He misses with a head kick. Cody circles out and then lands a nice kick to the body. TJ is using a lot of movement. Cody presses forward with a combination that lands. TJ fires back with a wild right. Garbrandt tells him to bring it on. Both men are throwing wildly now. Cody with a beautiful left hook. TJ leaps in with a front kick and then follows that strike up with a low kick. Both men are having trouble finding their range. TJ with a right hand. Cody replies with a jab. Another nice right hand from Dillashaw. Cody circles. TJ comes forward but Cody catches him with a right hand. TJ hits the deck. Cody charges in with punches but the horn sounds to end round one.

Round two begins and TJ just misses with a high kick attempt. Dillashaw is looking for some big strikes now. He throws a body kick and then a low kick. Cody is smiling at TJ. Dillashaw catches him with a high kick and Garbrandt drops. TJ rushes in but Cody pops back up to his feet. Garbrandt with a nice combination. He seems to be ok. Cody with a low kick. TJ paws with a jab. Dillashaw with a massive right and Cody goes down. He leaps on him with punches. It is all over! WOW!

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Cody Garbrandt says he is fighting TJ Dillashaw at MSG

Cody Garbrandt says he is fighting TJ Dillashaw at MSG

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The grudge match between former teammates Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw is expected to go down at November’s UFC 217 event in New York.

“No Love” took to Twitter posting the following about his upcoming title defense.

Garbrandt was last seen in action at December’s UFC 207 event where he dethroned Dominick Cruz via a lopsided unanimous decision victory to claim the UFC’s coveted bantamweight championship.

Meanwhile, former bantamweight title holder TJ Dillashaw has strung together two impressive victories, his latest being a drubbing of surging division contender John Lineker.

UFC 217 is headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Michael Bisping and former welterweight title holder Georges St-Pierre.

UFC 207 Results: Cody Garbrandt defeats Dominick Cruz (Highlights)

UFC 207 Results: Cody Garbrandt defeats Dominick Cruz (Highlights)

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

A bantamweight title fight between current champ Dominick Cruz (22-2 MMA) and surging contender Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA) served as the co-main event of tonight’s UFC 207 event in Las Vegas.

Round one begins and Garbrandt charges forward with a punch that misses. Cruz connects with a right. Cody replies with a leg kick and then another. Cruz comes forward and lands a left. The fighters trade leg kicks. Cody misses with a combination. He catches Dominick with a left and then another. Cruz fires back with a hard leg kick. Cruz is bouncing around now. Cody chases after him but misses with an attempted right hand. Cruz connects with a low kick. He catches a leg kick from Cody but cannot score a takedown. Garbrandt with a nice leg kick. Cruz goes upstairs with a head kick but it is blocked. Dominick shoots for a takedown and they scramble back to their feet. Cody with a nice right. Dominick replies with a left and then a right hand. Both men land nice leg kicks. Cody ducks a punch and scores a takedown. Cruz scrambles and gets back up to his feet. Dominick with a leg kick and then misses with a spinning back fist to close out round one.

Round two begins and Cody throws a head kick which is blocked. Cruz lands a nice combination. He bounces around and lands a leg kick. Cody lands a nice combo but Dominick catches him with a left and Cody stumbles. Dominick misses with a leg kick but then presses forward and lands a jab. Another jab lands for Cruz. He scores with a leg kick. Cruz comes forward but Cody catches him with a counter right. Cruz lands another nice leg kick. Cody returns fire with a kick to the body. He throws another kick but Dominick catches it and throws it aside. Cruz with a nice knee. Cody lands a left hook. They return to the center of the octagon and Cruz lands a leg kick. He follows that up with a left jab. Cody goes to the body with a kick and then lands a punch. Cruz fires back with a kick and then a left jab. Cruz with a low kick and Garbrandt replies with aleft and then a body kick. Dominick scores a brief takedown and then throws a flurry to end round two.

Round three begins and Cody lands a head kick and then a right hand. Another right hand from Cody causes Cruz to stumble. Dominick is bleeding now. He tags Dominick with a right. Cruz pumps his jab. Cody fires back with another right. Cody is talking to him now and mocking him. The crowd is loving this. Cruz goes upstairs with a high kick and then lands a right hand. Cody counters with a right of his own. They meet in the center of the octagon and Cody catches Dominick with a punch and then a knee. He follows that up with a jab. Dominick lands a left and then a leg kick. Cody ducks and avoids a flurry from Cruz. One minute remains in the round. Dominick charges forward with punches but cannot connect. He does land a follow up kick. He lands a leg kick and then a left hand. Round three comes to an end.

Round four begins and Dominick has a bad cut that was apparently caused by a head butt. Cruz steps forward and lands a left and then a pair of kicks. Cody misses with a high kick. Cruz is bouncing back and forth. Cody drops him with a punch. Cruz jumps back up and lands a left. He follows that up with a body kick. Both men land nice lefts. These rivals are talking to each other a lot here. Cruz eats a right hand and Cody smiles. Garbradnt with a low kick. Cody is dancing now. Literally. Cruz chases after him but misses with his attempted strikes. An attempted head kick from Cruz misses. Cody lands a hard inside leg kick. Cruz misses with a wild left. Cody drops Dominick again. Cruz gets back up and Cody connects with another combo that sends Cruz down. Cruz gets back up but is hurt. Round four comes to an end.

Round five begins and Cody lands a nice kick. Dominick responds with a left and then a right. Cody circles and lands a nice leg kick. Cody presses forward and lands a combo. Dominick replies with a hard right hand. Cruz with a flying knee that partially lands. He likely needs the finish here. He is trying to find Cody but misses with his punches. Dominick lands a leg kick. Cody smiles at him and once again mocks Dominick. Cruz comes forward and lands a left. Cody misses with a spinning back fist attempt. Cruz chases after him and lands a right. He attempts a takedown but it is not there. Both fighters still look fresh. One minute remains now. Cruz is swinging bombs here but nothing is finding a home. Cody ducks under and presses Cruz against the cage. He lands a knee on the break. Cruz continues his forward pressure and lands a hard leg kick. A nice show of respect after.

UFC 207 Results: Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz