WATCH: Cody Gabrandt Shocks The World As He Beats The Brakes Off Dominic Cruz
After the rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez was scrapped due to an injury to Velasquez, the bantamweight title match between Dominick Cruz and Cody Gabrandt became the co-main event of UFC 207.
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 these two guys, the hatred is very real indeed.
The pair had been at each others throats for a long time before they ever stepped foot inside the Octagon together. Cruz labelled Gabrandt “dumb as hell”, which 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.
Going into the fight, Cruz was the hot favourite with the bookies. Sportsbet.com.au had him at $1.44 while Gabrandt was the rank outsider at $2.80. Still, the younger knockout artist was confident that he could get the job done against the man who had tormented his fellow Alpha Male teammates, time and time again.
Not only did Gabrandt predict that he would win the belt by knockout, he also predicted that Cruz would bitch for a rematch and he would end his career by doing the same thing to him, over again.
“He’s getting ready to relinquish his belt to me,” Garbrandt told MMAjunkie. “He’s already getting ready in his mind. He’s like, ‘Hey, I’m setting up a nice career. I’m setting up my next chapter in my life.’ That’s just smart.
“He knows what’s going to happen in this fight. I’ll knock him out, so yes, I’ll give him a rematch because I know he’ll cry and bitch about it. So I’ll give him an immediate rematch right away. And then do the same thing that I did the first fight. And then he’ll be ready for his next chapter in his life.”
After an impressive start to the fight, Garbrandt knocked down the champion down twice in the fourth round in what was an easy 10-8 frame. Badly cut from a clash of heads in the third, Cruz closed out the fight trying to headhunt, a stark reversal from earlier efforts.
Afterward, Garbrandt called out ex-champ and former Team Alpha Male teammate T.J. Dillashaw, setting in motion another rivalry as he picked up his sixth UFC win.
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