Prior to knocking out Takeya Mizugaki in 48 seconds of the first round at last weekend’s (Sat., Aug. 20, 2016) UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event (see it), Cody Garbrandt had a backstage confrontation with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz.
To hear "No Love" tell it, "The Dominator" was so "scared" that he was anxiously looking for security to break it up.
"My response to his critiquing is that he's a little bitch, first off," Garbrandt said on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). "And he's scared. I went up to him before the fight, we walked in, we're getting security patted down. He's was sitting around there. I just went up to him and let him know, hey, I'm going to knock Takeya out and then you're next. And you should've seen how scared that dude was. He was looking around to see if security was going to break it up," said the 135-pound contender.
After his win, Cody took to the mic to call out Cruz for a championship fight, one Cruz is highly-open to.
For Garbrandt, there’s talking trash and there is crossing the line, which Cruz did when he decided to bring up Cody’s past of growing up without a father.
"And he wants to bring up daddy issues and this and that? He was so scared that his voice was squeaking out like a little bitch when he was trying to talk shit back to me. Oh man, it was hilarious," he said. "I felt the energy of how scared he was, and he's a dead man when I lock horns with him. It's just a matter of time."
"I definitely lost a lot of respect for him, for the choice words that he has said," Garbrandt said. "Like I said, he can say anything about me, but bringing in about coming from a broken family, man? I came from the struggle, so that's nothing to me. I've had far greater things than Dominick dork-ass Cruz standing in front of me trying to steal a dream."
The inappropriate talk will now only motivate "No Love" to annihilate the 135-pound champion with worse intentions he has prior.
"I grew up with that. That never loses focus. That makes me more focused, more angry, more mad, and I'm already a savage. If you get that, if you get more motivation for me to hurt somebody, I'm going to go in there and do it 100 times more. He should definitely be scared, and he should be thankful that there's going to be a referee in there because I'm going to be raining down vicious strikes over his limp body."
The win over Mizugaki kept Cody undefeated (10-0, 5-0 UFC) and will likely catapult him up the official rankings.
Whether his win was good enough to warrant a shot at the title is up for discussion, But as we’ve seen recently, rankings don’t mean much when it comes to booking championship fights the fans want to see.
Speaking of which, should the fight be made, Cody wants to talk about upping his salary, as he strongly feels he’s a "good ticket-seller" that deserves "big money."
A lot more than this.