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Bantamweight Division


"The Renegade"

Cody Gibson

Bantamweight Division

20-10-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Cody Gibson

athlete record


Learn more about Cody Gibson's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
United States
Trains at
The Pit
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Feb. 22, 2014
Leg reach
  • Team Chandler on TUF 31
  • Pro since 2008
  • Seven wins by KO, five by submission (2 guillotine, RNC, 2 arm triangle)
  • Six first round finishes
  • Has won five of his last eight
  • Last two pre-TUF wins were over UFC vets Josh Dodson and Francisco Rivera
  • 8-2 between UFC appearances
  • Owns wins over Walel Watson and Chad George; also faced Ulysses Gomez
  • Origin of nickname: “My friend Thomas Hamontree and I were always getting into a lot of shenanigans in college and were pretty wild. We came up with a philosophy for how we wanted to live our lives and called it living like a Renegade. The ideology of being a Renegade has evolved over time but has stayed true at its core. When I fight, I hope I show a glimpse of what that philosophy is all about.”

UFC on ESPN (3/23/24) Gibson lost a three round unanimous decision to Miles Johns 

UFC 292 (8/19/23) Gibson lost a three round unanimous decision to Brad Katona in the TUF 31 bantamweight final

UFC Fight Night (2/22/15) Gibson lost a three round unanimous decision to Douglas Silva de Andrade

UFC 178 (9/27/14) Gibson was submitted by Manvel Gamburyan via guillotine choke at 4:56 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (6/28/14) Gibson stopped Johnny Bedford via strikes at :38 of the first round

UFC 170 (2/22/14) Gibson lost a three round unanimous decision to Aljamain Sterling


The Ultimate Fighter, Season 31

In the semifinals, Gibson submitted Rico DiSciullo via arm triangle choke at 4:32 of the first round

In the quarterfinals, Gibson stopped Mando Gutierrez via strikes at 3:24 of the first round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training when I was still wrestling in college. I would come home in the summertime and pick up a fight for a few hundred bucks. I didn’t really know how to strike or anything about jiu-jitsu back then, but I enjoyed a good fist fight and I was a good wrestler. 

What ranks and titles have you held? Brown belt in BJJ, two-time California Junior College All-American wrestler for Bakersfield College, college wrestler for 5 years (Bakersfield College & Menlo College), TUF 31 bantamweight finalist

Do you have any heroes? My little brother Jacob is my hero. He had a stroke when he was born and is severally mentally handicapped.  Although his life is limited by his disability, he is the epitome of everything that is good about this world.  One of my main motivations to fight is to make him proud of me.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything. I think it's just a testament of hard work and not giving up on your dreams. 15 years of doing this, eight and a half years since I was cut, and I never gave up. I think about the bigger picture and the legacy I'm trying to leave to my students and to my daughters to follow your dreams and not give up, and it represents that more than anything else.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Bakersfield Junior College and Menlo College (Bay Area).  I have a B.A degree in History. I also finished my teaching credential program and my master’s degree in education at Brandman University.

What was your job before you started fighting? I’ve been working as a teacher while I’ve been pursuing MMA and continuing my education.  I also coach wrestling at Atascadero Middle School.

Favorite grappling technique: D’arce choke, Anaconda choke, Guillotine

Favorite Striking technique: Uppercuts, hooks, liver kick