Make no mistake, the beef between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, and No. 5-ranked contender, Cody Garbrandt, ahead of their showdown at UFC 207, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 30, 2016, is very, very personal.
Garbrandt's new squeeze post-Paige VanZant, who goes by the handle @pimsanguan on Instagram, was apparently upset that "Dominator" celebrated Thanksgiving at the expense of "No Love," posting a violent knockout that the Team Alpha Male (TAM)-trained fighter suffered just before his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut back in 2012 (see it here). Garbrandt, of course, responded almost immediately, reminding Cruz that the team of Thomas Almeida posted the same video ahead of their pivotal 135-pound match at UFC Fight Night 88 earlier this year.
Nonetheless, Garbrandt's girlfriend felt compelled to keep fanning the flames, posting a #TBT picture of Urijah Faber choking out Cruz under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner way back in May 2007. It is the only blemish on Cruz's otherwise perfect MMA professional record, a defeat that he ultimately avenged twice at UFC 132 and then again at UFC 199.
As you can see, Garbrandt immediately responded with, "Haha!!" while Cruz warned, "Don't get involved in big boy stuff little girl - [you're] just going to get yourself embarrassed. Just have the tissue ready for your boy toy when he loses, that's your job :)."
Sheesh ... This is getting pretty deep. And that's saying something because Cruz already has a career-long rivalry with TAM, from his trilogy with Faber, two fights against Joseph Benavidez, feud with (and victory over) T.J. Dillashaw and now his heated exchanges with Garbrandt ... and his girlfriend.
The most recent salvo, apparently -- and unsurprisingly -- did not sit well with Garbrandt, who revealed to Luke Thomas over at MMAFighting.com that despite the personal attacks, he is still focused on face-punching.
"It's crazy he blocks me from Instagram -- he talks shit to me then blocks me, then talks shit to my girl then blocks my girl," he said. "It's like someone standing outside of your house talking sh*t and saying, 'let's go fight' and you open up the door and cuss them out and then you shut the door and lock it.
"That's bitch mode," Garbrandt concluded. "I'm focused on just breaking one thing and that's Dominick's jaw."
Might not want to mistake "bitch mode" for "focused" mode. With just about four weeks until showtime, Cruz probably is not very interested in Garbrandt nor his girlfriend sliding into his DMs.