"The Renegade"


Stance: Orthodox
Division: Bantamweight
Height: 5' 10"
Reach: 71"
Weight: 135 lbs.


Born on the 11th of September 1987 in Blackwell, Oklahoma, Cody Gibson emerged from humble beginnings to become a towering figure in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight division. Adopted in 1989, Cody and his brother Keith left Oklahoma for a new life out on the West Coast. They planted roots in the tranquil California town of Visalia and were oblivious to the knowledge that they had a biological sister until Gibson reached adulthood. In 2018, they finally connected with their biological family—a momentous event that would inevitably shape the trajectory of Gibson’s life and career.

While housebound during his break from college, Cody was invited to a mixed martial arts gym in Exeter, California, by a friend. With limited exposure and an open mindset, he agreed, and it sparked a newfound passion. This seemingly casual visit quickly transitioned into a full-fledged obsession. Gibson stepped into the octagon for his first professional fight merely weeks after surviving his first training session. The Oklahoma-born fighter, who was between collegiate wrestling seasons, ventured further into professional fighting, taking a total of three fights within two years.

Despite his lack of thorough training in mixed martial arts, Gibson’s natural skill and tenacity saw him begin his professional career with an impeccable 3-0 scorecard. But it wasn’t all roses for him. Looking back at his college wrestling career, he harbored considerable regret for not reaching his full potential. These feelings fueled his ambition, driving him to hone his skills further.

Upon returning to Visalia, he discovered a local gym named Elite Team Visalia headed by the judo and jiu-jitsu black belt Tom Knox. His journey through Brazillian jiu-jitsu, muay thai, and boxing started here, all while he balanced fighting on the local circuit. He fought at various shows, like The Warriors Cage in Porterville, Tachi Palace Fights in Lemoore, and even featured at Nick Diaz’s promotional show, WAR MMA. Gibson also made appearances for AXSTV’s Titan Fighting Championship.

A notable milestone was in February 2014 for Gibson who was on a six-fight winning streak at the time. He got his break when he was signed to replace a fighter and compete against Aljamain Sterling in the UFC 170 on February 22, 2014. Though Gibson lost the fight, it ignited the enduring embers of his UFC career. The following series of fights saw him trading blows with fighters like Johnny Bedford on June 28, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 44, Manvel Gamburyan on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178, and Douglas Silva de Andrade on February 22, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 61. Despite experiencing a series of losses, including the unanimous decision against Silva de Andrade that led to his temporary release, Gibson held onto his fighting spirit tightly.

In 2017, Cody decided to vacate his Bantamweight title for the Featherweight Championship against Adrian Diaz. Unfortunately, his dream was swept away after a third-round submission, prompting his retirement temporarily. However, not one to stay out of the ring for long, Gibson re-signed for the 2019 Professional Fighters League season. His plans fell through when he had to go a bicep and shoulder surgery.

After his recovery, Gibson faced John Dodson, which became a no-show after Dodson was involved in a car accident. Instead, Gibson fought Louie Sanoudakis. He won the fight in an astounding 44 seconds, signaling his triumphant comeback. The next fight saw Gibson lock horns with Ray Borg in January 2022 at Eagle FC 44: Spong vs. Kharitonov. However, this bout resulted in a loss for Gibson, but the setback didn’t detour him. By November 2022, he had a victory over UFC veteran Francisco Rivera, making him the inaugural Bantamweight Champion for Up Next Fighting.

The anticipation for Gibson’s participation in the thirty-first season of The Ultimate Fighter 31 in mid-March 2023 was no less than enthusiastic from fans. He blazed through the quarterfinals by defeating Mando Gutierrez and continued to overtake Rico DiSciullo in the semi-final. But the final against Brad Katona tripped him, and Gibson ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision. Despite the loss, the bout was recognized as the Fight of the Night.

Gibson isn’t just about the fists and the kicks. Off the ring, he imparts knowledge in U.S. History and economics as a teacher. He is also the loving father of two daughters. This is a testament to the multifaceted nature of Cody Gibson—an MMA fighter, a father, a teacher, and an epitome of perseverance.

Fight History

Miles Johns
Cody Gibson: Defeated
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Mar 23, 2024
UFC Fight Night: Ribas vs. Namajunas
Brad Katona
Cody Gibson: Defeated
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Aug 19, 2023
UFC 292: Sterling vs. O


Who Is Cody Gibson At RT Specialty?
Cody Gibson is a professional associated with RT Specialty, as per his LinkedIn profile, however, his exact role is not specified.

Who Is Cody Gibson KW?
Cody Gibson is not a UFC fighter, but rather a real estate professional associated with Keller Williams.

Who Is Cody Gibson In UFC?
Cody Gibson is an American mixed martial artist competing in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Who Is Cody Gibson In MMA?
Cody Gibson is an American mixed martial artist competing in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Who Won The Fight Between Cody Gibson And Brad Katona?
Brad Katona won the fight against Cody Gibson.

Is Cody Gibson A Realtor?
Yes, Cody Gibson is a realtor with over 20 years of experience and was instrumental in building the Alaska Keller Williams office.

Who Is Cody Gibson's Next Opponent In His Upcoming Fight?
As a UFC journalist, I currently do not have the information on Cody Gibson's next opponent in his upcoming fight.

What Is Cody Gibson's Record?
Cody Gibson's record stands at 20 wins, 9 losses, and 0 draws.

Who Is Cody Gibson In Football?
Cody Gibson is an Offensive Analyst for the University of Illinois Athletics' football team.