>> Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Cody Garbrandt has skyrocketed in terms of his popularity since he defeated Thomas Almeida back in late May. He has the look, the exciting style, the technical skill, the finishes, and the gift of gab. He has two men on his radar now, and fans want to see him take on both. One is former teammate and former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw and UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz. Fans loved his last fight, and have been demanding he receive a title shot since. Garbrandt however is currently scheduled to fight Dominick Cruz this upcoming weekend on the UFC 202 fight card against Takeya Mizugaki, and if "No Love" performs both well and gets the win he will likely get the title shot. That seems pretty clear to me because the UFC just scheduled John Lineker who is on a 5 fight win streak against dangerous John Dodson, and Dillashaw still has yet to have anything announced.
Garbrandt believes that Cruz has everything to lose however,
"In his defense, he goes and fights me, he loses everything," Garbrandt said Monday at a media lunch here. "He loses the legacy he built as the bantamweight champion. He's beaten every bantamweight. He's beaten every Alpha Male that he's fought. But I'm a different Alpha Male than he has faced."
Garbrandt believes that when he watched Cruz for the first time against Faber back in June that he saw everything that he needed to see,
"When he throws punches, his chin is exposed. His head is out of the lane and I'l be able to find that very accurately. That's all I needed to see was just the one fight live and it gave me the confidence to know that I will knock him out."
The rising Team Alpha Male star believes that Cruz is only mentioning his name to steal his spotlight so that he can remain a star in the division however,
"He's talking about fighting me. Another thing is, he's saying I'm riding Urijah Faber's coattails. But really, Dominick is riding my coattails. I'm the one that's in the media, getting talked about the most. So he wants to jump in there and try to steal my thunder."
Later on the Bantamweight contender stated that his plans are to defeat Mizugaki, get a title shot, defeat Cruz, defend his title against TJ Dillashaw who he claims he knocked out in practice back at Team Alpha Male, and then to defend the belt a second time against John Lineker. How does Cody Garbrandt stack up against Dominick Cruz and TJ Dillashaw in your eyes?