Pablo Garza considering move to bantamweight division, wants to be 'the Jon Jones of 135'


Pablo Garza is already a monster in the featherweight division, but what could the talented fighter do at bantamweight? "The Scarecrow" talked to Mike Bohn of following his victory over Mark Hominick at UFC 154 and broke news about a future move to 135-pounds.

If you thought Pablo Garza was big for the featherweight division, just wait until you hear what ‘The Scarecrow' has in store next.

Following a dominant win over Mark Hominick in the UFC 154 pay-per-view (PPV) opener, Garza said he is fiddling with the idea of dropping an additional 10-pounds down to the bantamweight division.

"Me and my coach really are looking into it, and I actually am thinking about dropping to 135 and winning the title at 135," Garza told in a UFC 154 post-fight interview.

Standing six feet, one inch tall, Garza is tied with Cole Miller and George Roop for being the tallest fighter in the featherweight division. Should he move to bantamweight, the 29-year-old would have a three-inch height advantage over the next largest 135-pounder.

While his decision is not yet set in stone, Garza said he is confident the move will happen.

"I'm going to think about it," Garza said. "It's probably going to be a couple of trial runs first, you know, see how I feel working with the diet, getting a good dietitian and stuff like that and if I can make '35 and dominate, I'm going to do it."

Garza's height paired with his 73-inch reach gives him a physical advantage over almost everyone at both featherweight and bantamweight. His physical attributes remind a lot of people of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Garza agrees with that outlook, and thinks if he shifts weight classes, he can become a world champion similar to "Bones."

"If I make 135, I know I'll win the title," Garza said. "I think I will be like the Jon Jones of 135."

When asked if the move to 135 means he's immediately gunning for divisional champ Dominick Cruz, Garza would not namedrop "The Dominator" specifically, but said he wants whoever has the belt when he makes the move.

As for now, Garza is riding high on the heels of the biggest win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. To celebrate the win, he plans on taking a trip Orlando, Florida, where he will turn the clock back to his youth and enjoy the magical world of Disney for the first time.

"I've never been to Disney World man, so I'm going to do that," Garza said of his celebration plans. "I'm going to be a 10-year-old kid again."

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