Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is set to try his luck at 125-pounds.
Following a report from ESPN, it seems set that Garbrandt will make his debut in his new weight class at a December 11 where he will be paired with New Zealand flyweight Kai Kara-France, a training partner of UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
Garbrandt’s move to 125-pounds comes after losing four of his past five fights, with his most recent defeat coming in May against Rob Font. Prior to that, he had also lost to Pedro Munhoz and twice to rival T.J. Dillashaw. His sole win during that run came against Raphael Assuncao in June of last year after he folded the Brazilian with a knockout of the year contender.
Garbrandt has been linked to his new weight class on several occasions in the past, including in 2017 when Demetrious Johnson was champion. He was also briefly linked to a fight with Deiveson Figueiredo last November but was forced to pull out after sustaining an injury to his bicep.
The move will also seem him compete closer to the weight in which wrestled in his high school and (briefly) his college career.
France, meanwhile, is 5-2 in the UFC and 22-9 (1) overall in his career and was last seen in the cage in March where he finished Rogerio Bontorin via strikes towards the end of the first round.