Cody Durden is grappling with the mystery of his vanishing rank in the UFC's flyweight division. Despite triumphing in four consecutive matches, Durden (16-4-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) is gearing up to face Tagir Ulanbekov (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at the forthcoming UFC 296 event on December 16 in Las Vegas.
Durden reminisces about a time when he held a rank in the UFC's flyweight division, only to find himself replaced by David Dvorak. What perplexes him further is that Dvorak is presently on a losing streak, making the decision to replace him with Durden even more peculiar.
Durden firmly believes that this high-level training is the key to unlocking his full potential
Regardless of the rank fluctuations and the unexpected twists in the division, Durden remains resolute in his quest for the top spot.
He's determined to continue pushing himself and is focused on climbing the ranks, with his upcoming fight against Ulanbekov serving as a significant opportunity to make a statement and regain his status in the flyweight division.
“It gets me one step closer to my goal, and my goal is top five now,” Durden told MMA Junkie Radio. “I’ve reached the top 15, even though I got bumped out by David Dvorak – which, he’s on a three-fight losing streak and he’s 3-3 in the UFC.
I just believe that should be my spot, personally. But I think it gets me closer to my goal, which is top five”. “I don’t think I’ve lost a round in the last four fights,” Durden said. “It’s been good, man, taking it one fight at a time, one day at a time, one week at a time, and just being the best person I can be every day”.
as quoted by MMAJunkie Durden, a dedicated fighter who hones his skills at American Top Team, has been making significant strides in his training regimen. Lately, he's been investing quality time on the mats alongside the accomplished contenders, Calvin Kattar and Rob Font.
Durden firmly believes that this high-level training is the key to unlocking his full potential and getting him closer to his ultimate goal of stepping into the cage with the upper echelon of the division. His relentless commitment and willingness to train with the best demonstrate his unshakable determination to become a formidable force in the world of mixed martial arts. With each day that passes, Durden inches closer to his dream of becoming a true contender in the sport.