By Juan Valle
Cody Garbrandt (Right)
This Saturday night at Pinnacle Fighting Championship 7, one of two things will happen for the crowd favorite. Undefeated Cody “No Love” Garbrandt (3-0) will realize one of his many dreams or he will suffer his first loss professional loss.
“Come watch my be crowned the first Professional Champion for Pinnacle Fighting Championships. Battle Ready 4-0!!!” cites Gabrandt on his Facebook page. He will headline the event against the always tough James Porter (7-2). It will be the first time that Garbrandt competes for a title as a professional. He has been working hard at preparing for this fight including trips to Team Alpha Male and Fight Club Pittsburgh.
In his most recent bout Garbrandt had a highly-touted, heated battle with Dominic Mazzotta (3-1). The two throughout the past several years have had many confrontations. It finally came to an end when Garbrandt earned the stoppage over Mazzotta this past March.
With a powerful support system behind him, Garbrandt is well on his way to becoming a top-level athlete. Standing in front of him though is a solid opponent in Porter. One thing that separates the Indiana native from many of Garbrandt’s other opponents is the experience that he brings to the table.
With nine professional fights already under his belt, he has just as many fights as all of Garbrandt’s other opponents combined. In addition to the experience, he is also no stranger to title fights. Porter is currently the Kombat Zone flyweight and AFA bantamweight champion. Topping all of those accolades is the fact he is only 21 years old.
We always talk about fighters striving to get their shot on the big stage. Porter nearly accomplished that feat when he met Sergio Pettis, who happens to be the brother of the current UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis. Unfortunately Porter was on the losing end of their fight. After the win over Porter, Sergio Pettis went on to compete in the UFC. While Porter would have not had the same opportunity as Pettis, he would have well been on his way.
Fans from around the Ohio Valley region view Garbrandt as one of the few fighters ready to compete at the highest of levels within the sport. He has been competing in some fashion his entire life. With fighting ingrained within him, he is ready to showcase, once again, his astounding skillset.
According to Trey Downey of The MMA Corner, Garbrandt is Team Alpha Male’s Next Big Thing. That is a bold statement considering the stars that the Sacramento, California based team has produced. The likes of Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Joseph Benavidez and current bantamweight challenger T.J. Dillashaw all call Team Alpha Male home.
The opinions expressed by Downey could not be truer. “This man [Urijah Faber] has shown me alot about life and fighting in the amount of time I have been apart of his team!!” proclaims Garbrandt. You could stay that he has found his spot in his new home out in California.
He also talked with our very own David McKinney last week on The Kyote Ugly Show. Among the many topics they discussed, one was his current fight camp. “I’m ready to put on display my new skills that I have learned out here.” informs No Love. At Team Alpha Male, they recently underwent some changes as Duane Ludwig parted ways with the team to pursue other endeavors. Replacing Ludwig was Martin Kampmann, who Garbrandt expressed was a good addition.
Although he has spent a lot of his time out on the west coast, he has not forgotten where he came from as he stated, “I don’t know where this journey will end but I know where it started.”
Garbrandt is on the cusp of propelling himself into the national spotlight. A high profile victory over a fighter like Porter, indeed helps him reach that very spotlight. It is only a matter of time before we see No Love inside the Octagon.
You will be able to see these two warriors in action this Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Pinnacle Fighting Championship 7.
Pictures courtesy of Cody Garbrandt Facebook Page