Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt Set for UFC 207 Bantamweight Title Fight in Las Vegas. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will defend his 135-pound title against undefeated power puncher Cody Garbrandt in the UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, locked and loaded for Dec. 30, 2016 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The matchup joins the UFC women's bantamweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, which airs live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile Arena, and Fabricio Werdum vs Cain Velascuez also on UFC 207.
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Unbeaten at bantamweight, the 31-year-old Cruz has not lost a fight since he was defeated by Urijah Faber in 2007. "The Dominator" went on to avenge that loss twice while going 13-0 over the last nine-plus years. In 2016, Cruz returned from a horrific slate of injuries to regain his championship by defeating TJ Dillashaw in January, and after a June win over Faber in their rubber match, he is looking forward to settling a score with Garbrandt.
One of the most potent punchers in all of MMA, Ohio native Garbrandt has earned nine of his 10 pro wins by knockout, including UFC stoppages of Marcus Brimage, Augusto Mendes, Thomas Almeida and Takeya Miugaki. After his 48-second finish of Mizugaki in August, the 25-year-old Garbrandt made no secret of his desire to fight Cruz, and this December, he gets his shot.
But it may not result in the lopsided win many “Dominator” fans are expecting.
That’s according to the rapidly shrinking betting line, which opened at -225 for the reigning champion, but has since been whittled down to -190, according to our fiscal friends at Best Fight Odds.
Garbrandt is currently the +160 underdog. And not everyone is happy about it.
TJ Dillashaw On Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt: It’s A Mockery Of MMA. Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is not a happy man as he thought he would be fighting for the bantamweight title next. Dillashaw lost the title to current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz earlier this year, and after picking up a win, he was the clear favorite to get the next title shot. However, that will not the be case as Cruz and top prospect Cody Garbrandt are going to fight as they will co-main event UFC 207 on December 30th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Dillashaw told FanSided in a recent interview that he thinks it’s a fight that ruins the sport’s reputation.
“It’s a mockery – it’s a mockery of the sport,” Dillashaw said. “The sport should be about the best guys on the planet (fighting each other). What’s the point of having rankings (if they don’t factor into matchups)?”
According to Dillashaw, Conor McGregor is responsible for the UFC’s revamped matchmaking process but doesn’t blame McGregor personally.
“More power to the guys that can get away with making tons of money talking trash like Conor McGregor — he’s smart, he’s doing a good job — but it’s unfortunate what it’s doing to the rest of the sport. I want this shit to be real; not about the sideshow promotion.”
Dillashaw, who beat Raphael Assuncao earlier this year, doesn’t blame Garbrandt either for the UFC’s decision.
‘No Love’ has emerged as one of the UFC’s finest prospects and has developed a reputation as the division’s knockout artist. The Team Alpha Male fighter has been gunning for Cruz since his first-round KO of Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night 88 and has developed a healthy rivalry with the current champion.
At the end of the day, Dillashaw blames both the UFC and Cruz for putting the matchup together.
“Nothing against Cody Garbrandt; it’s not his fault,” Dillashaw said. “All of us should be pushing for the title — that’s the ultimate goal — but I blame Dominick Cruz and the UFC for letting this happen. I really don’t understand why the UFC is letting Dominick Cruz pick the fights he wants.”
Dillashaw should know that it’s likely he will get the winner of Cruz – Garbrandt and fight for the title that he once held.
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