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Garbrandt wants Caraway next at UFC 203

<p>Cody Garbrandt might just be the next big thing at bantamweight.</p> <p>The 24-year old Ohio native is coming off of the biggest win of his career against Thomas Almeida this past weekend. Almeida (21-1) was one of the UFC&rsquo;s most promising undefeated up-and-comers with an impressive resume that consisted of 21 wins with 19 coming by way stoppage. Garbrandt (9-0) brought the hype train to a halt when he knocked out Almeida in the opening round of their main event bout at UFC Fight Night 88.</p> <p>After the fight, Garbrandt <a href="http://www.mmamania.com/2016/5/31/11820914/ufc-cody-garbrandt-calls-out-bryan-caraway-title-contender-fight-ufc-203-mma">expressed his interest</a> in fighting at UFC 203 which will be held in his home-state of Ohio in September. When asked about a possible opponent, Garbrandt entertained the idea of a bout against #4 ranked Bryan Caraway, who also fought on the card.</p> <p>&ldquo;Going into the fight with Thomas Almeida, Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway were match up, too. And they were talking about the winners facing each other. And I have no doubt in my mind that if Aljamain had won, we&#39;d be fighting,&rdquo; Garbrandt said. &ldquo;Bryan won, so why shouldn&#39;t I be fighting Bryan for the next in line for a title shot or that ranking up there. I think I just got ranked fifth, he&#39;s fourth. So let&#39;s fight on September 10.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;ve seen him do some bantering in the media about how I do not deserve to be ahead of him. But my win was dominant with no questions. You had a close fight with Aljamain and I went in there and destroyed my adversary in under three minutes who was looked at as untouchable and unbeatable.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bryan Caraway won a close split-decision over rising star Aljamain Sterling that night making him 4-1 in his last five appearances. While Caraway was impressed with Garbrandt&rsquo;s victory, <a href="http://www.mmamania.com/2016/5/30/11811746/bryan-caraway-ranking-cody-garbrandt-above-me-would-be-ludicrous-ufc-vegas-mma">he believes he is still ahead</a> of Garbrandt in line for a title shot.</p> <p>&ldquo;Garbrandt wasn&#39;t even ranked before,&rdquo; Caraway said. &ldquo;I&#39;m not saying he isn&#39;t an amazing, amazing fighter, but he wasn&#39;t ranked, so for him to leapfrog above me would be ludicrous. I think I&#39;m the highest ranked guy now that hasn&#39;t fought for the belt.&rdquo;</p> <p>While no official announcements have been made, the potential matchup seems plausible in the eyes of most fans.</p>

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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