Cody Stamann cleared to return, hopes for top-ranked opponent

Cody Stamann was forced out of his UFC on ESPN+ 12 co-main event fight vs. Rob Font and has been itching to return ever since.

He was forced to pull out just two weeks before the fight due to a shoulder injury, and has now been cleared to return.

“It was a sprain,” Stamann told MMA Junkie Radio on his injury. “Originally they thought I broke my scapula, thank God that wasn’t true. I heard the rehab process for that is hell so I feel like I got lucky. Obviously having to pull out, especially in the UFC is horrible because everything is booked three months out so you’ve been two months getting ready for a fight while they’re like well, we don’t really have anything ready for you so I’m looking at probably another two months before I be back in there.”

And that’s around the amount of time he needs to prepare for a fight so Stamann is already looking for his next opponent. With the Rob Font fight still a possibility, Stamann just wants a top ranked opponent.

“I would say I’m 75, 80 percent so I would start looking for a fight right now 100 percent,” Stamann said. “I got the clearance from the doctor and I’m good to go.”

“I’ll fight anyone in the top 10, top 15. I don’t really care,” Stamann added. “I wanted to fight Assuncao but he’s fighting Cory Sandhagen.”

Stamann (18-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Alejandro Perez in his last outing. Having spent months training for his fight vs. Font and not getting to fight, Stamann is anxious to get back in there.

“I already spent two months getting ready for a fight so I’ve never had an experience where I did everything to get ready for a fight, got my weight where it needed to be, had all the sacrifices and didn’t get an opportunity to fight,” Stamann said. “That sucked, so I’m chomping at the bit to get back in there. Whether it’s Font, who cares.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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