Dominick Cruz isn’t letting up on his side gig as analyst for FOX Sports ahead of his title fight against Cody Garbrandt, which is set to go down at UFC 207 on Dec. 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. That was apparent as “The Dominator” was still working the booth at UFC on FOX 22, just a little over two weeks away from fight night.
And that’s just fine to “No Love,” as he simply sees it as “The Dominator” refining his skills for what will surely be the next chapter in his life once he loses his title.
“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.”
Cody isn’t lacking confidence as he goes up against the longtime champion in what will be his first-ever world championship fight. And once he takes care of business this Friday, Garbrandt says he’s fully prepared to grant him an immediate rematch.
“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.”
That’s because according to Cody, Dominick — who he dubbed an “insecure mental midget” — won’t know how to live without the title he’s held since 2011, though he was stripped of it in 2014.
“He said before he didn’t need the belt to be happy, that he didn’t need the world championship to be happy,” Garbrandt said. “But really, he does. He does, and he’s such a mental midget about it and so insecure that he’d have to have the gold belt to show he’s the best,” he said. “That’s his argument, ‘I have the championship. I’m the best. I’m the greatest ever. I’ve beat all these people.’ You’ve been winning by split decisions. It’s crazy to me,” he concluded.
Though Garbrandt is adamant Cruz is past his prime and reaching “old man” status, Cruz has shown in his last two outings following a long layoff that he still has plenty of pep in his step. But will it be enough to take out one of the most powerful strikers in the division?
Time will tell.
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