LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Cody Garbrandt battled a neck injury literally hours ahead of his fight against Trevin Jones last night (Sat., Mar. 4, 2023) at UFC 285, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With his back firmly against the wall, the former Bantamweight champion picked up his first win in two years, defeating a very cautious Jones via unanimous decision. And it turns out that “No Love” was battling more than Jones in the Octagon.
During his post-fight interview, Garbrandt revealed that he injured his neck the morning of UFC 285, which caused his arm to go numb before — and during — his 135-pound battle.
“This morning, I had so many things that were just trying to block and not make me get to the Octagon,” Garbrandt told the media. “I ended up injuring my neck and had a nerve block put in my neck last week. Man, [during] my last takedown in my warm-up this morning, I ended up slamming my neck, causing a huge stinger, losing full range of motion of my left arm. And I was like, you know what, there’s never going to be an ideal situation.”
During the fight when he landed a takedown, Garbrandt got another stinger in his neck, causing his arm to go numb.
“I mean, my arm and neck are still [bad]. In one of the takedowns I got, I ended up getting a really bad stinger,” Garbrandt said. “He almost got me in a guillotine, but I fought out of it. But, my arm was completely dead.”
It was a much-needed win for the former champion, who is now 2-5 in his last seven appearances.
With a new gym and team, “No Love” believes he can still make another run at the gold, but will take more calculated approaches like he did last night moving forward.
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