Cody Garbrandt is still a few more big wins away from a shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight strap, but "No Love" already has his eyes on the big prize.
And should current division champion Dominick Cruz still be holding the title when his number is called, Garbrandt is confident he'll get the job done in impressive fashion. In fact, Cody says he will knock "The Dominator" clean out, 10 out of 10 times.
As he revealed during a recent media scrum (transcribed by Las Vegas Review-Journal) prior to last weekend's (Sat., June 4, 2016) UFC 199 event, he has been preparing to fight Cruz since he was 16 years old.
"Like I said before, I've visualized myself knocking that dude out since I was 16 years old. When he was in the WEC, that's a guy that I knew I was going to lock horns with one day, and now it's surreal because it's almost about to happen. So I have been getting ready for him mentally; putting in the physical camp in and getting the call. He's a great fighter, but with my style I will knock him out 10 times out of 10."
There's just one problem: Cruz doesn't know who Garbrandt is.
Though that was just Dominick being Dominick, he -- as well as the rest of the 135-pound weight class -- was put on notice after "No Love" knocked out Thomas Almeida in the very first round a few weeks ago at UFC Fight Night 88 (see it again here).
As for Cruz, he settled his rivalry -- at least in the cage -- against Urijah Faber at the aforementioned UFC 199 event, by outclassing "The California Kid" to take the trilogy title fight.
Before Cody can physically start preparing for a showdown against Cruz, he has to book and win his next fight. One thing is for certain, it won't be against this guy.