UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Gabrandt is preparing to defend the belt against former champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217.
If the bantamweight champion where to ever box UFC Lightweight Champion, the bantamweight champion says it would end with a knockout.
“I think going in a boxing ring with Conor would be great, or in MMA. No ill will towards the guy but I actually believe I’m a better boxer. I feel like I’m one of the best boxers in the UFC. I'll go in there and knock Conor the f**k out in a boxing ring, just to be honest. There's no difference, southpaw, orthodox, that guy could come out and fight on his hands for all I give a f**k. I would knock him out, that's it. I have the best boxing in the game, in the UFC, and I’m ready to showcase it on another level,” Garbrandt said on Five Rounds.
Gabrandt has no pro boxing experience to speak of, while McGregor made his pro boxing debut in a TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather this past August.
While Garbrandt isn’t looking past Dillashaw, a future fight with UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson is on his mind.
"I think it’s the fight to make after I demolish T.J., to go down to 125 pounds and become a two-weight world champion. That would be strictly business for me to go down there and do that, no ill will towards Demetrious. That just would be for my career and my legacy - and for him too. He needs a big fight. He needs someone [to fight]. I can easily make 125 pounds. I don’t walk around too heavy and I think that would be a great fight. Dominick Cruz and T.J. can fight for an interim title, I'll go down to 125, and then beat up the winner of that. That's how I see it playing out,” says Garbrandt.
UFC 217 takes place on Saturday, November 4 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.