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Cody Garbrandt wants to knockout Conor McGregor in boxing, defeat Demetrious Johnson after UFC 217

MMA: UFC 207-Garbrandt vs Cruz Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cody Garbrandt knows he has a tough task ahead of him against T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017 in New York City, but that hasn’t stopped “No Love” from talking about his plans beyond his upcoming title defense.

Speaking to ESPN, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion says he wouldn’t mind mixing it up with Conor McGregor inside the boxing ring, as he is confident he can do what Floyd Mayweather was unable to, and that’s knock “Notorious” out cold.

"I'll go in there and knock Conor the f—k out in boxing," Garbrandt said. "Let's be honest. There's no difference in a southpaw [McGregor's fighting stance] or orthodox. That guy could come out and fight on his hands for all I give a f—k. I would knock him out, and that's it,” he added.

"I've got T.J. ahead of me. He's a great adversary to level up on. I'm excited to go in there and take out T.J., and whoever else -- 'Mighty Mouse' [Johnson], Conor. You can give me top boxers, Adrien Broner, Mikey Garcia. I would love to get in the ring with them."

Of course, the more realistic fight Cody says can (and should) happen is one between him and current UFC Flyweight champion and pound-for-pound GOAT, Demetrious Johnson, in his quest to become a two-division champion.

"I think the fight to make after I demolish T.J. is to go down to 125 pounds and become a two-weight world champion," Garbrandt said. "That would be for my career and my legacy -- and for him too. He needs a big fight.”

Should that be the case, Garbrandt has no issues in allowing an interim title fight to go down while he takes care of business in a lighter weight class, only to come back and unify the 135-pound straps.

"Cruz and T.J. can fight for an interim title. I'll go down to 125, and then beat up the winner of that [interim title fight]. That's how I see it playing out."

That’s a lot of moving pieces. Anyone think it’s realistic?

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