WATCH: Cody Garbrandt Storms Out Of Interview After Argument With Dominick Cruz
Often in the sport of MMA, fighters will feign hatred of an upcoming opponent in order to drum up interest for the bout but in the case of Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt two guys, the hatred is very real indeed.
The pair had been at each others throats for a long time now. Cruz labelled Gabrandt “dumb as hell” and renamed his rivals fight team, calling them Team Alpha Fail. This has obviously upset the Ohio native, and their joint interviews in the events leading up to the showdown featured some of the funniest (and profanity-laden) back-and-forths in recent memory.
Their styles – both inside and outside the Octagon – are very different; Cruz is laid back and relaxed in interviews and moves with fluidity when fighting while Garbrandt is emotional and explosive at all times.
This was highlighted during their latest on-air spat when, following a media scrum on Wednesday, Cruz and Garbrandt were ushered into separate backstage rooms at the T-Mobile Arena where they then conducted several television interviews together (but apart).
It didn’t take long for the two fighters to get into an argument about Cruz posting a message on Garbrandt’s girlfriend’s Instagram account after she had tagged him in one of her photos ahead of UFC 207.
Cruz wrote the following condescending message; “Don’t get involved in big boy stuff little girl – ur just going to get yourself embarrassed…Just have the tissue ready for your boy toy when he loses, that’s your job!”
Garbrandt obviously didn’t take that unsolicited advice to his girlfriend very well and shot back; “Dominick Cruz I’m going to cave your fu*king skull in!”
“It’s funny you come on my girls site and talk shit but face to face you hide behind security and your punk ass coaches you’re a scared little bitch and your time is coming!”
Cruz used the altercation to launch into Garbrandt, knowing full well that he would get the desired response.
“She shouldn’t be hollering at me on social media,” Cruz said. “Keep her to yourself. As far as I’m concerned, I did you a favour and her a favour. She obviously wears the pants in the relationship or else she wouldn’t be having to defend you. So keep your fling on a string, keep her mouth shut cause this is big boy business.”
“I’ll come across there right now,” Garbrandt replied. “You’re a room away.”
“You coming little boy?” Cruz taunted.
After that, Garbrandt stormed off to confront his tormentor but was stopped from entering the room. He can be heard shouting and throwing stuff in the background while Cruz laughs.
It was just another incident that highlighted the very different styles of these two exceptional talents. I, for one, cannot wait to see them square off inside the Octagon on December 30!
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