Booking Cody Garbrandt against Jose Aldo could be one of the fights this year, which could help the UFC financially. The UFC looks for fights which could salvage them from a potential financial loss at the start of the year.
According to Matt Connolly of Forbes, the UFC sees a slide in finances with some of it stars out of action. Conor McGregor will not return to action until Sept. while Jon Jones finishes his drug suspension in July. There is also the reluctant Ronda Rousey, who might not step inside the Octagon after Amanda Nunes beat her up.
Options for Garbrandt
Connolly added that WME-IMG will likely adopt the “money fight” model, which is booking the biggest draws regardless of rankings. One of the fights that Connolly thinks the UFC will contemplate is the Garbrandt vs. Aldo fight. But that will only happen once Aldo first deals with Max Holloway first.
Chad Dundas of Bleacher Report writes that a proposed bout featuring Garbrandt against T.J. Dillashaw. But Garbrandt made it clear he is after “money fights” and even called out Aldo and McGregor as well. However, Garbrandt told The MMA Hour’s Ariel Helwani as noted by Chuck Mindenhall of MMA Fighting that he will still have to talk with UFC top officials.
“I need to sit down with Dana and Sean, and find out the biggest money fight for me,” Garbrandt said. “I know I could go up and fight with Jose Aldo. He has won over my teammates, he’s a legend, and I’d like to test his chin. And I could also have the biggest fight with Conor. I could easily go up.”
Garbrandt added that he wants to enjoy his time as the champion. But quickly stress he is down for a title defense by June. Garbrandt also is not closing the possibility of a rematch with Cruz as well.
It is all money for Garbrandt
But looking deeply on Garbrandt, he is more interested in making money and not getting good bouts. Garbrandt added with his youthfulness, he could get fights he deserves which could make him rich and everyone happy. He stresses he is given a treatment of a champion.
“We’re all in this to get us all rich, to get us all paid,” Garbrandt added. “And that’s what I want to do. Whatever benefits me. I’m the champ. I want the biggest draw. I’m in this sport to challenge myself.”
Garbrandt looks to capitalize on winning the title by getting the fights he thinks will give him lots of money. Someone needs to tell him about being careful of what he wishes for, he might lose everything in a snap.
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