UFC 203: Q&A w/ Cody Garbrandt


>>>WHAT’S UP, CLEVELAND? I HAD TO REPRESENT TODAY. I’M WEARING MY CLEVELAND CAVALIERS SHIRT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING OUT FOR TODAY’S Q & A. NO LOVE WILL BE ON STAGE IN A FEW MINUTES. TO MEET HIM, GET HIS AUTOGRAPH, LATER TODAY AFTER WEIGH-INS HE’LL BE AT BUFFALO WILD WINGS, 724 EAST PROSPECT AVENUE. MAKE SURE YOU SEE HIM. THERE IT IS UP THERE. 7:00 TO 8:30. GET HIS AUTOGRAPH. TAKE PICTURES. DON’T ASK FOR THAT HERE. OR TICKETS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET’S GET INTO IT. I KNOW YOU’RE HERE TO SEE THE OHIO NATIVE. LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT CODY.>>I WAS DRAWN TO TEAM ALPHA MALE. THEY LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE HAVING FUN DOING IT. IT WAS AN EASY DECISION FOR ME. >>CODY SENT ME A MESSAGE AS A TEENAGER. HE SAID, MARK MY WORDS, I’LL BE TRAINING WITH YOU AT ALPHA MALE. HE MADE IT HAPPEN. IT WAS EVIDENT THIS IS A FUTURE CHAMPION.>>I HAVE KNOWN CODY SINCE HE WAS 13. I KNEW HE WAS GOING TO BE SOMETHING SPECIAL. I ALWAYS CONFIDED IN URIJAH. I WAS LIKE THIS IS A GUY WHO WILL BE ONE OF THE NEXT TOP GUYS. >>SEEING CODY IN HIS FIRST MAIN EVENT IN UFC IS SOMETHING I KNEW WOULD HAPPEN. IT WON’T BE THE LAST, THAT’S FOR SURE. THIS GUY IS A STAR.>>LET’S BRING HIM OUT. NUMBER 6 RANKED UFC BANTAMWEIGHT. CODY “NO LOOK” GARBRANDT. WHAT’S UP?>>HOW’S EVERYBODY DOING?>>IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR CODY THERE ARE TWO MICROPHONES. START LINING UP NOW SO YOU CAN GET IN ALL YOUR QUESTIONS BEFORE HE HAS TO GO. WE HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME. CODY, BEFORE WE GET TO THE FANS, I’M NOT FROM OHIO. I’M REPRESENTING CLEVELAND. I NOTICE YOU’RE NOT WEARING ANYTHING. SO WE HAVE A LITTLE GIFT FOR YOU. THE CLEVELAND BROWNS WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU WERE HOOKED UP FOR TODAY’S Q & A. TAKE A LOOK.>>AWESOME. RIGHT ON.>>THEY DECIDED TO MAKE YOU A CUSTOM JERSEY. >>AMAZING. >>I FEEL LIKE YOU SHOULD REP. SHOW EVERYONE WHO YOUR TEAM IS. THREE LAYERS IS FINE. IT’S NOT LIKE 85 DEGREES OUT HERE. PERFECT. THERE WE GO. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU TO THE CLEVELAND BROWNS FOR SENDING THAT FOR CODY. WE APPRECIATE IT. IT GOES WITH YOUR OUTFIT. YOU’RE GOOD. ALL RIGHT. LET’S GET INTO THE QUESTIONS. GUYS, THERE ARE TWO MICROPHONES HERE. DON’T ASK FOR PICTURES OR AUTOGRAPHS. YOU CAN DO THAT AT BUFFALO WILD WINGS LATER TODAY. LONG HAIR, DON’T CARE.>>OKAY. FIRST OF ALL, A SHOUT OUT TO CLEVELAND. WHOO! [ CHEERS ]>>CODY, YOU’RE A PHENOMENAL FIGHTER. YOUR LAST FEW KNOCKOUTS HAVE BEEN OUTSTANDING. I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF TRAFFIC AT THE TOP OF THE BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION. DO YOU FEEL CRITICIZED IN THE PAST LIKE SHOOTER McGAVIN FROM HAPPY GILMORE STUFF. WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT T.J. DILLISHAW SAYING IT’S A JOKE, NOT A SPORT ANYMORE IF YOU GET THE NEXT TITLE SHOT AND IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY SPECIFICALLY TO HIM OR DOMINICK CRUZ, AS YOU MAKE YOUR WAY CLOSER TO THE SHOT. >>YOU WANT TO GET RIGHT INTO IT, STIRRING THE POT.>>LET’S DIVE IN. LIKE I SAID, IT’S A FIGHT. HAD A HIT LIST AFTER THAT. IT WAS CRUZ, DILLISHAW AND LINAKER. HAVE THEIR CAREERS MAPPED OUT, TOO. T.J. WANTS TO CRY ABOUT NOT GETTING A TITLE SHOT. I HAD THREE KNOCKOUTS AND MORE FOR THE NEXT TITLE SHOT.>>ALL RIGHT. THANKS A LOT. >>I HAD A FEELING YOU WOULD HAVE A FOLLOW UP. >>THERE’S REALLY NOT A FOLLOW UP THERE. JUST TALK SOME TRASH, WHATEVER. >>FAIR ENOUGH. THANK YOU. >>THANKS, GUYS.>>HE MENTIONS THE TRAFFIC AT 135 POUNDS. HOW GOOD IS BANTAMWEIGHT NOW? WHEN IT WAS BROUGHT OVER FROM THE WEC, MAYBE NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE PAID ATTENTION. BUT NOW IT IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST DIVISIONS IN THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION.>>I’M SUPER EXCITED FOR THE — A LOT OF THE EXCITING FIGHTERS AND TALENTED FIGHTERS IN THE DIVISION. IT EXCITES ME FOR FUTURES TO COME. I WANT TO HOLD THE TITLE AND HAVE A LOT OF TITLE DEFENSES. I’M EXCITED FOR FUTURE MATCH-UPS. >>THAT’S A FUN DIVISION NOW. LET’S GO OVER HERE.>>HI. CODY. THE BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION IS A VERY COMPETITIVE DIVISION. WHAT MAKES YOU — WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES YOU STAND OUT FROM EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE TOP 15.>>WELL, I’M THE ONLY ONE WITH A NECK TATTOO. >>YES!>>THAT’S A STANDOUT. I WOULD SAY JUST MY FIGHTING STYLE. I GAVE IT MY ALL. I GO IN THERE, LOOK FOR THE KNOCKOUT. NO QUESTION WHAT I WILL DO AND WHAT I SAY BEFORE THE FIGHT AND WHEN I GO IN THERE AND DO IN THE FIGHT. MY THING IS I’M NOT AFRAID TO LOSE. IF I LOSE A FIGHT IN THE UFC I’M LIVING A GOOD LIFE. I FOCUS ON MYSELF, HAVING FUN. YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY GET THE WIN. BUT IT’S FIGHTING. MMA IS CRAZY. JUST NOT HAVING A FEAR OF LOSING. >>THANK YOU.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE A KNOCKOUT ARTIST. WHAT PEOPLE MAY NOT REALIZE IS YOU ALSO COME FROM A WRESTLING BACKGROUND. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT?>>I GREW UP WRESTLING IN OHIO. WON A STATE TITLE AS A FRESHMAN FOR CLAREMONT HIGH SCHOOL. THE BEST WRESTLING STATE IN THE COUNTRY. DON’T SLEEP ON MY WRESTLING. I LIKE KNOCKING PEOPLE OUT.>>YOU ARE CONSTANTLY WORKING ON WRESTLING. WE KNOW HOW YOUR HANDS CONTINUE TO EVOLVE. IT’S NOT LIKE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GRAPPLING PRACTICE SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK. >>RIGHT. OUR COACHES ARE AMAZING. WE ARE ALWAYS IN THERE SHARPENING OUR SKILLS. THREE EX UFC FIGHTERS KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THERE AND KEEP US THERE.>>WHAT’S UP, MAN? ONE, WE APPRECIATE MORE THAN ANYTHING THAT YOU FINISH FIGHTS. THAT’S AMAZING THAT YOU GO IT EVERY TIME. PRETTY EASY QUESTIONS FOR YOU. WHERE IS THE BAD BLOOD WITH CRUZ COME FROM AND WHEN WILL YOU KNOCK HIM OUT?>>KNOCK HIM OUT IN THE FIRST ROUND. THE BAD BLOOD COMES FROM HIS FIGHTING STYLE. HE DANCES AROUND US. I BELIEVE YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE IT. IT’S FROM HIS FIGHTING STYLE. NOW IT’S PERSONAL. TALKING ABOUT COMING FROM THE BACKGROUND. GOING IN TO BREAK HIS JAW.>>THANK, MAN. >>YOU GUYS SAW EACH OTHER AT UFC 202. HOW WAS THAT?>>YOU KNOW, WE HAD A LITTLE ALTERCATION IN THE BACK ARENA. I JUST SAW HIM. WENT UP TO HIM. HE KIND OF, WHAT’S UP, DUDE, LIKE WE WERE COOL LIKE WE WERE HIGH SCHOOL BUDDIES OR SOMETHING. I LET HIM KNOW I’M GOING TO KNOCK THE K OUT AND HE’S NEXT. THAT WAS THE EXTENT OF THAT. I COULD FEEL THE FEAR OFF HIM. HE’S LUCKY DANIEL CORMIER WAS THERE TO PULL US APART. IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN GOOD FOR HIM. LETTING HIM KNOW HE CAN HAVE HIS TRASH TALK, BUT THE FIGHT IS UPON HIM. HE HAS TO GET READY FOR ME. >>THAT WAS BEFORE YOUR FIGHT?>>I’M A FIGHTER. I HAVE NEVER SHIED FROM A FIGHT. GOT TO GET INTO A FIGHT BEFORE ANOTHER FIGHT. IF I COULD I WOULD FIGHT FIVE, SIX TIMES A NIGHT.>>PERFECT. LET’S GO HERE.>>IF YOU GET THE TITLE SHOT AND WIN, WOULD YOU DEMAND DANA WHITE TO BRING THE UFC BACK TO CLEVELAND TO MAKE THE FIRST TITLE DEFENSE?>>WHEN I GET MY TITLE I WOULD LOVE TO COME TO OHIO AND DEFEND IT FOR THE FIRST SOMETIME LIKE STIPE WILL TOMORROW NIGHT AND GIVE THE FANS SOMETHING AND HAVE MY FIRST TITLE DEFENSE IN OHIO. I WOULD BE BLOWN AWAY IF THE UFC WOULD PUT ME ON A CARD IN OHIO. >>THANK YOU.>>HAVE YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN WITH STIPE?>>I HAD A LOT OF FIGHTS IN CLEVELAND, OHIO. I LIVED HERE IN ROCKY RIVER. HIM AND JESSICA AI HAVE A STRONG STYLE OF TEAM. I’M FAMILIAR WITH THE COACHES, STIPE AND JESSICA. EXCITED FOR THE FIGHTS TOMORROW.>>GOING TO BE GOOD ONES. LET’S GO HERE. >>HI, GUYS. >>OOH!>>THAT’S LOUD. MY BAD. THANK YOU TO UFC AS A WHOLE FOR BRINGING THIS TO CLEVELAND. THIS IS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR US. THANK YOU. CODY, SPECIFICALLY YOU SEE FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN BASEBALL, BASKETBALL. YOU SEE THEM ALL THE TIME, THEIR LIFESTYLES. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE AS A UFC FIGHTER DURING CAMP AND OUTSIDE OF CAMP? I KNOW SOME PEOPLE HAVE JOBS, SOME GO TO SCHOOL. IT’S ALMOST INDEPENDENT THE WAY YOU GUYS LIVE. >>VERY GOOD QUESTION. WHEN I’M AT CAMP I’M SOLELY FOCUSED ON MY FIGHT WHEN THE DATE IS. I WANT TO GET MYSELF MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY PREPARED TRAINING THREE, FOUR TIMES A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. SOMETIMES I TAKE A DAY OFF IF THE BODY NEEDS IT. DIET, GET THE MARTIAL ARTS, JIU-JITSU, WRESTLING, BOXING THROUGH THE EIGHT-WEEK PERIOD. FOCUS ON WATCHING TAPE. BASICALLY WHEN I HAVE A FIGHT LINED UP, I’M SOLELY FOCUSED ON GAINING THE WIN AND PREPARING MYSELF FOR THAT. OUTSIDE OF FIGHT CAMP I LIKE TO HAVE FUN. I’M A SMALL TOWN BOY FROM OHIO. I HAVE A SIMPLE LIFE. GOING FISHING. PADDLE BOARDING. SACRAMENTO IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE SUMMER. GOING OUT ON THE RIVER. ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS. MAINLY I’M ALWAYS TRAINING, GETTING BETTER. I’M ALWAYS CHASING THE GOAL. NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL I GET IT.>>YOU’RE A CHAMP IN OHIO. GOOD LUCK. OVER HERE.>>DROVE SEVEN HOURS FROM NEW YORK TO BE HERE.>>WHOA. AWESOME.>>I WASN’T A BELIEVER. I SAW THE ALMEDA FIGHT AND BECAME A FAN. WHAT’S YOUR PREDICTION IN THE JOJO FIGHT HENCE THE TEETH?>>JOJO CALDERWOOD. >>I WATCHED ON THE TOUGH. NOT RECENTLY. SHE IMPRESSED ME ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. I THOUGHT SHE WAS SKILLED. WITH THE LADY SHE’S FIGHTING — >>ANDRADE. >>SHE WAS IMPRESSIVE WITH THE LAST PERFORMANCE. I LOOK FOR A SLUGFEST WITH THE TWO. I’M ACTUALLY EXCITED FOR THAT ONE, SEE HOW IT PLAYS OUT. >>AWESOME. SEE YOU AT BUFFALO WILD WINGS. >>THAT COULD BE FIGHT OF THE NIGHT, I THINK. THAT WILL BE AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT.>>I HAVE A SON WHO’S 3-0 LOCALLY. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE FIGHTING THEIR WAY UP?>>KEEP YOUR DREAMS BIG. LIFE IS A MARATHON NOT A SPRINT. JUST TRUST IN YOUR HARD WORK. KEEP IT FUN. NO MATTER IF I WAS WINNING OR LOSING OR WHERE I WAS IN LIFE THIS IS SOMETHING I DREAMED ABOUT WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS OLD BEING A WORLD CHAMPION. IT’S SOMETHING I KEPT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL WAS SEEING THAT. NO MATTER WHAT WAS GOING ON IN MY LIFE, WINNING FIGHTS OR LOSING. I ALWAYS KEPT IT FUN AND DREAMED BIG, WORKED HARD.>>THANK YOU, SIR. >>EXCELLENT.>>WHAT’S UP, CODY? BIG FAN. I WANT TO KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO REPRESENT THE LAND WHEN YOU’RE OUT THERE IN THE OCTAGON?>>YOU KNOW, IT OOH ES AMAZING. BEING ABLE TO REPRESENT OHIO. A LOT OF HUMBLE, GENUINE PEOPLE COME FROM HERE. IT’S GREAT TO BE A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE STATE.>>APPRECIATE IT, BROTHER.>>OVER HERE.>>ALL RIGHT, CODY. FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR REPRESENTING THE NAAFS SO WELL. A LOT OF GUYS COMPETING ON THE SCENE FOR A LONG TIME HAVE BEEN WORKING. WE HAVEN’T GOT THE RECOGNITION WE DESERVE. THANKS FOR REPRESENTING THAT. NOW YOU DID LEAVE AND GO TO ALPHA MALE IN CALIFORNIA. IS THERE TRUTH TO THE RUMOR THAT IT LAST HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH STIPE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND?>>THAT WAS A GREAT ORGANIZATION TO FIGHT FOR. I WAS LOOKING FOR A SWITCH-UP. I WANTED TO GO TO TEAM ALPHA MALE. I SENT OUT A TWEET AT 18 TO URIJAH ABOUT COMING OUT THERE. HE HIT ME BACK. TOOK ME FOUR YEARS. I’M THANKFUL FOR EVERY GYM, COACH, TEAMMATE.>>I’M SORRY I WON’T MAKE THE LUAU TOMORROW. TELL YOUR PARENTS I’M SORRY. I APPRECIATE THE INVITE. I HAVE TICKETS TO THE SHOW. IF THEY COME TO CLEVELAND WE HAVE TO SHOW UP. THANKS.>>THANKS FOR DOING THIS. JOHN DODSON AND JOHN LINAKER ARE ABOUT TO FIGHT. WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN FIGHTING THE WINNER?>>THAT’S A GREAT FIGHT. EXCITED FOR MY DECISION. LIKE I SAID EARLIER. MY EYES ARE SET ON CRUZ. THAT’S MY NEXT FIGHT FOR ME. >>WHO DO YOU THINK WILL COME OUT ON TOP IN THE FIGHT. THAT’S AN INTERESTING MATCH-UP. TWO VERY EXPLOSIVE FIGHTERS.>>I WILL GIVE IT TO JOHN DODSON. I DON’T THINK HIGHLY OF LINAKER. HE’S A CLUB FIGHTER. THE STUFFER HE PULLED BEFORE THE FIGHT IN PITTSBURGH, I WANT TO KEEP WINNING. I HAVE IT MAPPED OUT. DOMINICK, T.J., LINEKER. HE DOESN’T GET OFF THE HOOK THAT EASY.>>THANK YOU, CODY. >>IT WILL BE A GOOD ONE IN PORTLAND.>>MUCH RESPECT, CODY. THIS IS JUST WHAT IF SCENARIOS. IF YOU BEAT CRUZ AND HOLD THE TITLE AND URIJAH ENDS UP COMING BACK TO A NUMBER ONE CONTENDER WOULD YOU GIVE HIM A TITLE SHOT? ALSO KNOWING YOUR POWER AT BANTAMWEIGHT DO YOU EVER PLAN TO MOVE UP TO LIGHT AT ALL?>>WHEN I BEAT DOMINICK CRUZ AND I WILL BE HERE SHORTLY. [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE HAVE HAD THIS QUESTION ARISE BETWEEN ME AND FABER FIGHTING. I WOULDN’T BE WHERE I AM WITHOUT HIS GUIDANCE LETTING ME COME TO THE GYM, HELP ME THROUGH THE JOURNEY. S I USED TO WATCH IN THE WC AND HE WAS THE WORLD CHAMPION. I SAID I WILL FIGHT THAT GUY ONE DAY. NOT KNOWING I WOULD FIGHT HIM EVERY DAY. HE TRIES TO TAKE MY HEAD OFF IN THE GYM EVERY DAY. HE’S A LEGEND OF THE SPORT. GREAT TO LEARN FROM. HOPEFULLY THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. I’M EXCITED FOR THE FIGHT TOMORROW. HE’LL GO OUT, PUT ON A SHOW LIKE ALWAYS.>>I LIKE YOUR STYLE OVER THERE. DON’T EVEN WANT TO STAND. EVERYONE RELAX ON THE STAIRS. GO OVER HERE.>>CODY, YOU’RE OBVIOUSLY A GREAT WRESTLER IN THE BEST WRESTLING STATE IN THE COUNTRY. >>THAT’S RIGHT. >>WAS IT A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO USE IT TO KEEP THE FIGHT STANDING OR IF YOU STARTED HAVING SUCCESS AND YOU STARTED DOING IT?>>I GOT INTO BOXING EARLY WITH MY UNCLE ROBERT MISU WHO TRAINED ME. I FELL IN LOVE WITH FIGHTING, BOXING, THE STAND-UP. I FELL IN LOVE WITH ALL ASPECTS OF FIGHTING. I JUST REALLY LIKE TRADING PUNCHES, THROWING LEATHER, TRYING TO TAKE MY OPPONENT OUT. I DON’T WANT TO WRESTLE HIM. I WANT THE FINISH. NOT SAYING I CAN’T KEEP HIM DOWN, RIP THEIR ARM OFF, BUT I GET MORE SATISFIED FROM A KNOCKOUT. >>THANK YOU.>>WHAT DO YOU CALL YOUR UNCLE? THE STINGRAY?>>YEAH.>>OVER HERE. >>HEY, CODY. JUST WONDERING WHAT YOUR RELATIONSHIP IS WITH T.J. DILLASHAW. WERE YOU EVER BUDDIES? HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO DEFEND YOUR TITLE AGAINST HIM?>>T.J. IS PART OF THE TEAM. IT’S A STRONG KNIT TEAM OUT THERE. REMINDED ME OF A WRESTLING BACKGROUND. A LOT OF US WHERE ARE WRESTLERS. WE CALL COME FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF THE WORLD. YOU KNOW WE HAVE A LOT OF WRESTLERS. SO WE HAVE THAT KNIT AS A WRESTLING TEAM WOULD HAVE. I LOVE THE TEAM. NO BAD FEELINGS FOR T.J. IT IS WHAT IT IS. HE MADE THE DECISION TO LEAVE. I CAN’T FOCUS ON WHAT HE’S DOING. I CAN ONLY FOCUS ON MYSELF. I KNOCK HIM OUT AGAIN.>>AWESOME. THANKS, CODY.>>IF YOU LOOK AT THE DIVISION, WHERE DO YOU FEEL T.J. SHOULD GO? WE HAVE THE MATCH-UPS LIKE DODSON, DOMINICK CRUZ WITH THE BELT. WHERE DO YOU FEEL T.J. FALLS INTO THIS?>>YOU KNOW, I THINK T.J. IS A GREAT FIGHTER. — GREAT FIGHTER WITHOUT BEING A WORLD CHAMPION. HE SHOULD FALL IN LO WITH WHERE CARAWAY IS. HE DOESN’T WANT TO FIGHT ANYBODY. HE WANTS TO ACT LIKE HE DOES. BUT THEY SHOULD FIGHT. SINCE DODSON AND LINEKER ARE MATCHED. ME AND CRUZ WILL BE MATCHED HOPEFULLY BEFORE THE YEAR IS UP. HE SHOULD FIGHT CARAWAY. ANOTHER TOP FIVE GUY GETS HIM A WIN. I CAN DEFEND MY TITLE AGAINST HIM.>>135 IS JUST ON FIRE. OVER HERE. >>HEY, CODY. HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>GOOD. HOW ARE YOU?>>GREAT. NOT BAD. I WAS WONDERING IF FIRST TWO QUESTIONS IF YOU DON’T MIND. FIRST, HOW YOU’RE FEELING AFTER YOUR LASTEN FIGHT SINCE IT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO. >>IT WAS GREAT TO GET IN THERE, FIGHT ON AN AMAZING CARDMENT THE CROWD WAS AMAZING. ALWAYS FIGHTING IN VEGAS, I LOVE IT. ESPECIALLY FIGHTING AGAINST A TOUGH OPPONENT. A LOT OF RESPECT FOR THAT GUY. YOU KNOW, HE’S BEEN IN SINCE THE WEC DAYS. I HAD TO GO OUT THERE, DO WHAT I HAD TO DO TO GET THE FIRST ROUND FINISHED. >>ALL RIGHT. IF YOU DON’T MIND, THE SECOND QUESTION IS YOU’RE VERY OFFENSIVE — NOT VERBALLY, BUT IN THE FIGHT YOU TAKE OFFENSE MORE THAN DEFENSE OR AT LEAST IT SEEMS. I WAS WONDERING IF THAT’S PART OF YOUR MENTALITY OR IF IT CHANGED SINCE YOUR WRESTLING TO YOUR FIGHTING DAYS. >>TALKING ABOUT MY OFFENSE THROWING HANDS?>>YOU DON’T SEEM TO THINK ABOUT DEFENSE A LOT DURING THE FIGHT.>>I’M TRYING TO GET THE HECK OUT OF THERE. I’M TRYING TO THROW THE HANDS AS HARD AND FAST AS I CAN. HOPEFULLY I CAN PUT THEM TO SLEEP, CUT CHECKS, GET BACK IN.>>SPRAWL AND BRAWL.>>I WANTED TO ASK IF YOU WOULD PREFER TO AVOID FIGHTING T.J. IT’S A TITLE SHOT. SINCE YOU WERE TEAMMATES. IF HE SHOULD FIGHT BRIAN CARAWAY. HE WANTS TO AVOID FIGHTING YOU.>>FIRST I WANT TO POINT OUT THE AMAZING SHIRT YOU HAVE ON. THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT. YOU LOOK GREAT IN IT. >>THANK YOU. I DON’T AVOID FIGHTS. I’M A FIGHTER. BEST IN THE WORLD. TO BE THE BEST YOU HAVE TO BEAT THE BEST. WHOEVER IS IN FRONT OF ME I’M MORE THAN CONFIDENT I WILL GO IN, FIGHT MY HEART OUT. WIN OR LOSE, MY DREAM IS TO BE WORLD CHAMPION. IT’S MY DESTINY TO GET THE GOLD BELT. I’M NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL I GET IT.>>IF YOU FIGHT T.J. SINCE YOU ARE BOTH WRETSLING, MOST OF THE FIGHTS ENDED WITH KNOCKOUTS WOULD THAT BE A GROUND FIGHT?>>HE WOULD HOPE KOFI TAKES ME TO THE GROUND. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, TAKE ME TO THE GROUND. THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN MY WRESTLING. IT’S FINE. IF YOU PUSH ME TO, YOU KNOW, FIVE ROUNDS DEEP I’M GOING TO SHOW MORE THAN JUST I CAN KNOCK PEOPLE OUT. I WILL SHOW A LOT MORE SKILLS. LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING THE FIGHTS HELP ME OPEN UP AND GROW AS A FIGHTER. I LOVE THE CHALLENGE.>>THANKS.>>THANK YOU.>>WELCOME BACK TO CLEVELAND. >>YOU BROUGHT THE BELT. >>EVERYBODY IS ASKING YOU FIGHT QUESTIONS. WHILE YOU’RE HERE, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING GOING ON? GETTING NEW TATTOOS OR ANYTHING GOING?>>I WOULD LOVE TO GET NEW TATTOOS. I’M NOT GOING TO LIE. THE OLDER I GET, I DON’T THINK I GOT TOO MANY. THE UFC KEPT ME BUSY. I WOULD FIGHT AND JUMP BACK INTO TRAINING. AFTER I WIN THE BELT, GET A NICE SWEET TATTOO. >>THERE IS NOT A LOT OF SPACE LEFT. >>I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF SPACE. THE PARTS THAT HURT THE MOST. I’M TAKING MY TIME. >>AVOIDING. GOT IT. THANK YOU.>>HEY, CODY. ANOTHER GUY ASKED THIS BUT AFTER YOU WIN THE 135 BELT, THOUGHTS ON GOING TO 145?>>OF COURSE. FEATHERWEIGHT, TOO. SUPER FIGHTS ARE SOMETHING I’D LIKE TO DO. THE FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION. I HAVE THE DIVISION TO CLEAN OUT. AND EXCITED TO DO SO.>>GOOD LUCK, MAN.>>NICE WORK. THEY TALKED ABOUT WANTING BIG MONEY FIGHTS. HE’S LOOKING AT GETTING THOSE. YOU DON’T TALK MUCH. YOU TALK WITH YOUR FISTS AND NOT BEFOREHAND. WE KNOW THE BIG MONEY FIGHTS OFTEN COME WITH TRASH TALKING. IS THAT OF ANY INTEREST TO YOU OR ARE YOU JUST WANTING TO DO IT IN THE CAGE?>>I LOVE TRASH TALKING. I GREW UP STREET FIGHTING. IT’S MORE REAL, MORE AUTHENTIC TO GO IN THERE AND DO DAMAGE TO YOU. ESPECIALLY THIS GUY WHO MADE IT PERSONAL AND HAS PROVOKED A LOT OF THINGS. I WILL MAKE SURE I REMEMBER EVERYTHING HE SAYS DURING TRAINING CAMP AND MAKE HIM PAY FOR IT IN THE OCTAGON. HE WANTS MONEY FIGHTS. WANTS TO GO UP, GO DOWN. BUT, YOU KNOW, I’M A YOUNG, HUCKRY UNDEFEATED LION IN THE DIVISION. HE HASN’T CLEANED IT OUT YET. BEFORE HE GOES RUNNING OUT OF THE DIVISION HE HAS TO BEAT ME. >>ONE MORE QUESTION, IF I COULD. AFTER YOUR FIGHTS DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR MEAL YOU LOOK FORWARD TO, FINALLY GETTING TO EAT AFTER CUTTING WEIGHT AND ALL THAT?>>YEAH, I LOVE SUSHI. I HAVE A HOMETOWN RESTAURANT CALLED THE DENNISON YARDS, ITALIAN FOOD I GO TO. ALWAYS CRAVE IT. SOMETHING YOU WILL ALWAYS DO.>>MAKE A VISIT TO MACUNI. >>IN SEATTLE. SOME OF THE BEST SUSHI IN THE WORLD. >>I AGREE WITH THAT. OVER HERE. >>ASIDE FROM FABER WHAT FIGHT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST TOMORROW NIGHT?>>THIS IS A STACKED CARD. WHAT AN AMAZING CARD THAT THE UFC PUT TOGETHER TO COME HERE TO CLEVELAND FOR THE FIRST TIME. SUPER EXCITED. BUMMED OUT THAT I’M NOT ON IT. I’M EXCITED TO BE HERE, WATCH AND TAKE PART. ALL THE FIGHTS TOP TO BOTTOM, THE CARD IS AMAZING. I’M EXCITED FOR STIPE TO DEFEND HIS TITLE. HE BROUGHT THE FIRST TITLE TO CLEVELAND AND HE GETS TO DEFEND IT IN CLEVELAND. NOTHING BETTER THAN THAT.>>COOL. THANK YOU.>>DO YOU THINK LeBRON WILL COME?>>I HEARD HE WASN’T. BUT I WAS HOPING HE DID. I GUESS THEY’RE IN PRESEASON. >>WHATEVER. COME ON, BRON-BRON. OVER HERE.>>HI, CODY. NICE TO SEE YOU. YOUR NICKNAME IS “NO LOVE.” DO YOU LOVE ANYONE?>>I’VE GOT A LOT OF LOVE. DON’T GET THAT TWISTED. >>PUTTING THE MAN ON THE SPOT.>>I HAVE A GIRLFRIEND NAMED DANI, LOVE OF MY LIFE. I HAVE A LOT OF LOVE FOR HER. DEFINITELY MY MOM. THAT’S MY ROCK. I’VE GOT LOVE IN MY HEART. I SHOW NO LOVE IN THE OCTAGON. THAT WILL GET YOU KILLED IN THERE. >>THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW, THANKS.>>YOU WERE JUST REALLY WONDERING THAT. >>OKAY. THAT WAS IT. >>I’VE GOT LOVE FOR YOU, BROTHER.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. OVER THERE.>>CODY, WHAT KIND OF ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR A REGIONAL FIGHTER COMING UP? THERE ARE A LOT OF RUMORS ABOUT A GUY AND A 40-YEAR-OLD GUYING NAMED BROID LOOKING TO COME BACK. WHAT ARE LESSONS YOU LEARNED COMING UP THROUGH OHIO, SAME-DAY WEIGH-INS, GOING THROUGH THE GRIND. WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY AND WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST TO OTHER FIGHTERS COMING UP?>>GET THE RIGHT GYM, SURROUNDED BY GOOD PEOPLE. THAT’S THE BEST ADVICE WHEN COMING UP. YOU START GETTING A NAME, START BUILDING MOMENTUM. PEOPLE COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK TO STEER YOU AWAY. STAY FOCUSED. MAKE GOALS AND REACH THE GOALS AND MAKE BIGGER GOALS AND DREAMS. STAY FOCUSED. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GOOD PEOPLE. >>HOW OFTEN TO FIGHT? EVERY WEEK, EVERY THREE MONTHS? HEAL UP OR GO WHEN YOU FEEL READY?>>I’M NOT GOOD AT THAT. I’M A FIGHTER. I FOUGHT NINE TIMES IN ONE MONTH.>>MAYBE DON’T DO THAT. >>MAYBE NOT THAT. MAYBE I’M NOT THE BEST — >>WORKED OUT WELL FOR YOU. >>GOT THE EXPERIENCE IN AT A YOUNGER AGE. NOW THAT I CAN KNOW HOW TO TRAIN RIGHT, TAKE CARE OF MY BODY I’M HAVING MORE SUCCESS OF TURN AROUND RATES, BEING ABLE TO PUSH HARDER IN CAMP. IT’S ABOUT TRAINING SMART, TOO. >>SURE. THANK YOU.>>HOW YOU DOING?>>GOOD. YOU?>>DOING GOOD. MY BUDDY TOLD ME HE USED TO TRAIN WITH YOU AT PITTSBURGH FIGHT CLUB. I’M READY TO TAKE CLASSES THERE. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE?>>JUST HAVE FUN. IN THE BEGINNING IT’S A LO OF WHAT IF, SHOULD I DO THIS. IF YOU’RE PASSIONATE AND IT’S SOMETHING YOU LOVE, PUT IN THE WORK. YOU WILL SEE THE SUCCESS COME THROUGH THE HARD WORK. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>GOOD LUCK. >>THANK YOU.>>THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS HAVE BEEN ROUGH FOR UNDEFEATED FIGHTERS. WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF FOLKS DROP THE FIRST AND SOMETIMES SECOND LOSS. SOME HAVEN’T HANDLED IT WELL. DOES BEING UNDEFEATED ADD PRESSURE OR ARE YOU ABLE TO LOOK PAST IT AND NOT WORRY MUCH ABOUT IT?>>YOU KNOW WHAT? I DON’T LOOK AT IT AS UNDEFEATED. I DON’T SEE MYSELF AS BEING AN UNDEFEATED FIGHTER. I WALK INTO THE OCTAGON LIKE IT’S MY FIRST FIGHT. I HAVE THAT FEELING WHEN I WALK TO THE CAGE WHEN I WAS 18, SCARED TO DEATH BUT EXCITED AT THE SAME TIME TO GET IN A FIGHT. I TAKE THAT MENTALITY IN THERE. THAT’S WHAT KEEPS IT FUN. ANOTHER THING, TOO. MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY PREPARED FOR WHAT’S TO COME IN MY LIFE WITH A WIN AND WITH A LOSS. I LOOK AT IT LIKE THIS. I’M OUT HERE CHASING A DREAM, PUTTING IN WORK. DEDICATING MY LIFE TO THIS. I HAD A DREAM AND HAD THE COURAGE TO CHASE IT. I’M BLESSED FOR THAT. IF I FOCUS ON LOSING, I LOSE IN THE UFC I’M GOING TO LIVE A GOOD LIFE. I DON’T FOCUS ON LOSING, JUST ENJOYING IT. HAVING FUN. GOING OUT AND GIVING IT MY ALL.>>ONE MORE THING. AS A LIFE LONG ATHLETE THEY TALK ABOUT THE COACHING AT ALPHA MALE. YOU HAVE BEEN COMPETING AS A STATE WRESTLER AND YOUR MMA CAREER COMING UP. I WOULD BE CURIOUS TO TALK ABOUT A COACH THAT MADE A BIG IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE. MAYBE SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF YOUR UFC CAREER THAT STILL AFFECTS YOU TODAY.>>THERE ARE SO MANY COACHES AND SO MANY PEOPLE IN MY LIFE THAT WERE POSITIVE ROLE MODELS AND INFLUENCES. THAT’S THE REASON I’M HAVING SO MUCH SUCCESS AFTER LOSING HUNDREDS OF WRESTLING MATCHES, LOSING FIGHTS BEFORE. YOU KNOW, JUST SAYING THIS IS PART OF THE JOURNEY, PART OF THE STORY. NOW LOOK WHERE I’M AT. I DIDN’T LET IT GET ME DOWN. I STAYED MOTIVATED. KEPT THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. THE LIGHT FOR ME WAS DANA WHITE AND THE BELT AROUND MY WAIST. I’M FOCUSED ON THE WORLD TITLE. >>THANK YOU.>>WHAT’S UP, RANDY?>>HEY, MEGAN. HEY, CODY. >>GOOD TO SEE YOU. YOU HAD EVERY ONE OF THESE. >>I LOVE THE UFC.>>THAT’S AWESOME. >>ASIDE FROM THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ATTRACTION OR MONUMENT THROUGHOUT YOUR UFC CAREER SO FAR?>>IT WAS AWESOME. I WENT TO TOKYO ALMOST A YEAR AGO TO THE DATE. I WENT TO SUMO WRESTLING WHERE THEY HAVE IT AT — WHAT’S IT CALLED? THE ARENA OVER THERE?>>SAITAMA. GOT TO WATCH THE SUMO WRESTLERS. I WENT TO GO TO THE STABLE WHERE THE WRESTLERS TRAIN, EAT, SLEEP. IT WAS AMAZING. IT WAS AWESOME TO GO WATCH THAT. DEFINITELY THE UFC TOOK ME TO TOKYO. IT WAS AMAZING.>>SOUNDS GOOD. THANKS, GUYS. >>DID THEY LOVE YOUR TATTOOS?>>THAT’S A FUNNY THING. WE WENT WITH THE UFC GROUP. EVERYWHERE YOU TRIED TO GET IN THEY WOULD X ME. THEY WOULDN’T LET ME IN BECAUSE OF TATTOOS. THEY WERE MAKING A JOKE ABOUT WEARING A TURTLENECK, GLOVES. >>THEY HAVE NO LOVE OVER THERE. BUMMER.>>HEY, CODY. MY QUESTION IS A HIGHLY DEBATED TOPIC. IN YOUR OPINION, WHO IS THE BEST POUND-FOR-POUND FIGHTER OF ALL TIME?>>OOH, THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION. DMETRIOUS JOHNSON IS AN AMAZING ATHLETE. HE’S AMAZING ATHLETE, PERSON. I DON’T THINK THE LIGHTWEIGHT GUYS GET A LOT OF RESPECT. IT’S DIFFERENT. THE BIGGER WEIGHTS GET THE KNOCKOUT POWER. HE’S AN AMAZING ATHLETE AND FIGHTER. HE’S UP THERE FOR POUND FOR POUND BEST. GSP IS UP THERE. A LOT OF FIGHTERS NOT ON THE LIST. NICK DIAZ, THE STYLE, ALL THESE GUYS. CHUCK LIDDELL. HE’S THE DEFINITION OF SPRAWL AND BRAWL.>>THANK YOU. >>ALONG THE LINES OF THE ROCK & ROLL HOL AFTER FAME, WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO, TRAIN TO?>>YOU’LL PROBABLY LAUGH. I LIKE LISTENING TO COUNTRY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. ALL PARTS OF THE DAY I LIKE LISTENING TO COUNTRY. >>OH, YEAH.>>THAT’S RIGHT. YEEHA. I’M A COUNTRY BOY. I COME FROM THE COUNTRY. COUNTRY. I LIKE SOME RAP, J-COOL GETS ME FEELING GOOD TO GET IN THE MOOD WITH ME AND MY GIRL, TAKE HER TO DINNER. JAMES BAY IS A GOOD ARTIST. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, I LIKE THEM. THAT GETS ME PUMPED UP TO TRAIN. I’M A COUNTRY GUY.>>COOL.>>WHAT’S YOUR SHIRT SAY?>>ROCK’S NOT DEAD, YOU ARE.>>EXCELLENT.>>FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU, MEGAN, FOR LOOKING AMAZING AT EVERY EVENT. >>WE APPRECIATE THAT IN OHIO. >>CODY, URIJAH SAID YOU BEAT HIM UP REGULARLY IN TRAINING. IS THAT TRUE?>>URIJAH IS A GUY THAT’S JUST A GAMER. HE COMES IN. YOU KNOW HE’LL CALL YOU FOR A TRAINING SESSION. HE’LL SAY, WANT TO GET EXTRA DRILL IN OR GO LIGHT? HE’S IN THERE TO KILL YOU EVERY SECOND. IT’S GREAT. IT WAS GREAT TO LEARN FROM HIM. HE TOOK ME UNDER HIS WING LIKE HE DOES EVERYBODY. WE ARE GREAT TRAINING PARTNERS. >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MEGAN. >>THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BUDDY. LAST QUESTION FOR TODAY. WHAT’S UP?>>DO YOU THINK NATE BEAT CONNOR IN THE SECOND FIGHT?>>GOOD QUESTION! [ APPLAUSE ]>>I THINK PERSONALLY HE DID BEAT CONNOR. IF YOU BREAK IT DOWN. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ BOOING ]>>HEY, LOOK AT IT. THE DIRTY BOXING HE WAS AGAINST THE CAGE, HAD A LOT OF CONTROL TIME. WHEN IT WAS UP CLOSE HE WAS DIRTY BOXING HIM. HAD HIM PINNED AGAINST THE CAGE, BODY SHOOTING, ELBOWING HIM. A CLOSE FIGHT. I SAY LET’S DO FIGHT NUMBER THREE WITH THE GUYS.>>GOOD QUESTION, BUDDY. CLEVELAND, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING OUT. GIVE IT UP FOR CODY “NO LOVE” NUMBER SIX RANKED BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. CLEVELAND BROWNS, THANKS FOR THE JERSEY FOR CODY. THAT’S PRETTY SICK. >>I CAN’T WAIT TO FRAME IT. GOT MY NAME ON THE BACK. >>DO A FLEX. THERE YOU GO. DON’T FORGET YOU CAN MEET CODY TONIGHT AT 7:00 AT BUFFALO WILD WINGS, 724 PROSPECT AVENUE EAST. SO BE THERE FROM 7:00 TO 8:30. YOU CAN GET PICTURES, AUTOGRAPHS, CHAT WITH HIM. YOU COULD GET THE NEXT CHANCE AUTOGRAPH. WHO KNOWS? TOMORROW, COME OUT FROM 2:00 TO 6:00 TO THE VILLAGE. CODY WILL BE THERE. FOREST GRIFFIN, AN THOUGH IN ANY PET’TIS AND MATT GRBROWN. CHECK IT OUT OUTSIDE THE Q IN CLEVELAND. WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING OUT. FIGHTERS WILL BE ON THE SCALES AT 6:00. WE’LL SEE YOU TOMORROW FOR THE FIGHTS. SEE YOU LATER. >>THANKS, CLEVELAND.

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