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Prospect Watch: UFC Signs Undefeated Alpha Male Product Cody Garbrandt, Will Face Marcus Brimage at UFC 182

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“The Next Jon Jones” he may not be, but undefeated bantamweight Cody “No Love” Garbrandt is one of the more promising prospects to be scooped up by the UFC in recent years. On Saturday, it was announced that the Team Alpha Male standout had signed with promotion and would face Marcus Brimage at UFC 182 in January, which is not exactly a cakewalk for any up-an-comer (not named Conor McGregor).

Despite holding a professional record of just 5-0, Garbrandt will bring a ton of experience into his UFC debut. A boxer since the age of 14 with a 32-1 record, Garbrandt also made waves on the mat while in high school, eventually earning an invite to wrestle at the University of Michigan. After transitioning to MMA in 2009, “No Love” racked up a 4-2 amateur record before turning pro just two years ago and has stopped all five of his opponents with strikes in the time since (four of those in the first round).

BloodyElbow’s Zane Simon has done a great little writeup on Garbrandt that we’d highly recommend you check out, but in the meantime, join us after the jump to see his most recent fight against Charles Stanford.

So yeah, the kid can bang.

Then again, Marcus Brimage is no stranger to playing the role of spoiler. In back-to-back appearances in 2012, “The Bama Beast” derailed the Jimy Hettes and Maximo Blanco hype trains via hard fought decisions despite being a massive underdog heading into both contests. His most recent appearance – a first round head kick KO over Jumabieke Tuerxun at Fight Night 55 — also proved that he is the kind of fighter who will throw caution to the wind in pursuit of a finish. So tell me, Nation, will Brimage put a damper on yet another prospects title hopes, or do you think Garbrandt is the real deal?

-J. Jones

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