Garbrandt: Cruz is on His Way Out
Cody Garbrandt has been visualizing dethroning Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight title since he was a teenager, and he’s on the brink of that dream. The Team Alpha Male heavy-hitter says that while he’s on his way up in the fight game, Cruz is looking for his exit.
Speaking to the media ahead of his UFC 207 co-main event title fight, Garbrandt pointed to Cruz’s other job as a sign of a man feathering the nest for a fall.
“I believe he’s getting ready for the next chapter of his life,” Garbrandt said. “He took the FOX commentating job. He’s a great broadcaster. He does amazing at that.”
Cruz has worked steadily as an analyst for the FOX crew during events, including last Saturday’s show in Sacramento which featured a heated back-and-forth between he and Garbrandt. The Team Alpha Male challenger says that Cruz is making a mistake by devoting any part of his time to another job.
“I think he’s losing focus. He’s working two weeks before the fight. He’s breaking down all these fights. You got me in front of you. You should be solely focused on me.”
As far as the bout itself, Garbrandt is fully aware of the trickiness that comes with fighting Dominick Cruz. The bantamweight king has dispatched Team Alpha Male fighters of past and present, but Garbrandt says he is a different animal. He’s the heaviest hitter Cruz has ever faced — and he believes Cruz is already breaking down.
“He knows that he has to dance around and evade that pressure, evade someone that’s fast and a knockout artist for 5 rounds. That’s hard to do especially with how old he is. Especially with that two ACL surgeries, he doesn’t move the way he does.”
“Another thing, too, he said he’s happy without having the belt. He didn’t need that to be happy. So for me, he’s kind of relinquishing that. He’s kind of going to the next chapter, getting ready for that. He’s being okay with not having (the title).
Cody Garbrandt faces Dominick Cruz for the UFC bantamweight title on Friday, Dec. 30 at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, Nevada.