UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt Betting Preview

UFC Fight Night Information

Date: Saturday, May 22

Time: 4:00 p.m. ET (Undercard) – 7:00 p.m. ET (Maincard)

Venue: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, NV

Broadcast Coverage: ESPN+

Main Event – Bantamweight Division

#3 ranked BW – Rob Font (8-3 UFC record) vs. #4 ranked BW – Cody Garbrandt (7-3 UFC record)

Odds to Win: Font -116 / Garbrandt -102

How Will Fight End: KO/TKO -200, Submission +800, Points +210

Total Rounds: Over 2.5 (+104) Under 2.5 (-134)

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Former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is looking to take the first step towards reclaiming past glory while surging contender Rob Font is ready to show the future is now, and it is he. 

Garbrandt was the undefeated champ less than four years ago after dethroning the seemingly unbeatable Dominick Cruz at UFC 207. The then 25-year-old was a near two-to-one dog, handing Cruz his first-ever UFC loss as Garbrandt improved his promotion mark to a perfect 6-0. 

Back-to-back title fight TKO losses at the hands and knees of TJ Dillashaw followed by a first-round TKO disappointment to Pedro Munhoz as a near two-to-one favorite sent Garbrandt spinning out of the title picture. 

The scrappy 135-pounder, almost guaranteed to go down or up throwing, rebounded with a second-round KO of Raphael Assunção in June 2020. Garbrandt earned performance of the night honors (and bonus) at UFC 250 and appeared ready to put his three-fight skid behind him. 

Training to drop down and fight for the Flyweight title, the Sacramento native then got COVID-19 and suffered severe health issues for six months. Garbrandt experienced blood clots, pneumonia, and vertigo while healing up and trying to get back in the octagon. Now his first step back is against a man on a three-fight win streak who has captured back-to-back bonuses.

Rob Font sits one slot ahead of Garbrandt in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, thanks to a pair of tremendous performances.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt overcame a first-round knockdown to battle back and defeat Ricky Simon in July 2019. The fight of the night performance featured a gritty comeback to take out the Canadian via unanimous decision.

Font followed that up with a dominant performance of the night at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal. At+150 on the moneyline, he stopped the now sixth-ranked bantamweight Marlon Moraes in less than four minutes into the opening round. The 33-year old’s TKO win was his fifth career UFC KO and seventh finish in the promotion. 

Now a win over a former champion in Garbrandt and the seven-year Ultimate Fight Championship veteran should find himself near the front of the line for Aljamain Sterlings 135-pound strap. 

Both fighters are great strikers where Font utilizes a crisp jab, and Garbrandt loads up for devastating, powerful blows. Neither are strangers to finishes, as mentioned earlier about Font, while Cody has gone to the judges’ scorecard just twice in his ten UFC scraps. Roberto, however, is a stranger to the main event and has not had a five-round bout during his 11-fight career in the promotion. He’s also never been knocked out. 

Despite never seeing the championship rounds, if this fight goes long, it favors Font. He can pick apart any 135-pounder countering with his jab, and while Garbrandt has been in title fights, he’s only gone the full five once in his near nine-year professional career. While it’s utterly unknown, one has to wonder if COVID will have any lasting effects on the Team Alpha Male fighter.

But it appears Garbrandt has had time to regroup, get healthy and focus on finding his champion mettle but should still look to finish early. This top-contenders battle is razor-close to call, but “No Love” has the tools and attitude to come up with an impressive, potentially devastating finish.

The Bets: Garbrandt win -102, Under 2.5 Rounds (-134), Garbrandt KO/TKO in the second round (+800), Garbrandt by KO/TKO (+220), Fight Ends in KO/TKO (-200)