“It was rough, probably one of the hardest things I’ve done in a while, but it was one of those things where I tried to make the best of it,” he said. “It was definitely hard watching everybody fight, knowing I could beat these guys, and seeing the division move on and I’m sitting here stuck with my leg up.”

As for taking a tune-up fight upon his return, Font asks, “Who’s an easy fight in the UFC?”

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Good point, especially when it’s the bantamweight division being discussed. And in the 135-pound Top 5, where Font holds the number three spot, every fight is the biggest yet, and every win could mean a crack at the belt held by Aljamain Sterling. 

“This is big,” Font said. “But I feel like I’m ready for this. This puts me one step closer to that belt. He (Garbrandt) is an ex-champion, a huge name. If I go out there and put a stamp on this guy, you can’t deny me that belt.”

That’s pressure. But remember, “Smooth” Rob Font thinks a lot differently about that topic these days. 

“I’m just looking to go out there, have fun, and put this guy away,” he said. “I don’t want to prove anything; I know I’m legit. I’m just gonna go out there and show everybody else that I’m here and I’m the future champ.”