Biography(references)At the ages of four and five, Cody and Zach, respectively, had already been dabbling into boxing with their uncle Robert Meese who was an Olympic alternate in the sport. At Claymont High School, Garbrandt competed in wrestling and football, winning a state championship as a freshman in 2007, by defeating Zach Neibert, 4–2, and was a runner-up in 2008. After failing to claim the second state championship, Garbrandt became the NHSCA Sophomore National runner–up and subsequently stopped wrestling and convinced his mother to let him start training boxing seriously. Despite not competing in wrestling during his final two years of high school, Garbrandt competed at the national tournament as a senior and placed fifth, claiming All–American honors and receiving interest from several NCAA Division I schools, such as Penn State and Rutgers. I was doing boxing, and that’s what I wanted to do.” After dropping out, Garbrandt sold weed, worked as a bouncer, and eventually completed coal miner training in order to work in the field familiar to his family.
Fighter Trivia(references)The book details his life, and explains his deep connection, and completed promise, with young Leukemia survivor Maddux Maple. The book also chronicles the story of Garbrandt's young life in the Appalachian region of Ohio and his early fight with drugs to the story of his reign as UFC Bantamweight Champion, and how he brought his friend Maddux Maple along with him for the whole journey to make good on their pact. During Garbrandt's run with the MMA promotion Pinnacle FC, he met and began dating Danny Pimsanguan.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: UFC Bantamweight Championship (One time)
UFC: Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Thomas Almeida and Raphael Assunção
UFC: Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Dominick Cruz and Pedro Munhoz
MMAJunkie.com: 2020 June Knockout of the Month vs. Raphael Assunção
Pundit Arena: 2017 Fight of the Year vs. T.J. Dillashaw
MMADNA.nl: 2016 Rising Star of the Year.
World MMA Awards: 2016 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
National High School Coaches Association: NHSCA Sophomore National Runner-up out of Ohio (2008)
Ohio High School Athletic Association: OHSAA 112 lb DII State Champion out of Claymont High School (2007)
Ohio High School Athletic Association: OHSAA 119 lb DII State Runner-up out of Claymont High School (2008)
Top Finishes: Cody Garbrandt
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