In just under two weeks, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will step into the Octagon against undefeated Team Alpha Male prospect Cody Garbrandt for a highly anticipated fight for Cruz’ bantamweight title.
With less than two weeks to go until fight night, the trash talk between the pair has certainly continued to increase, however the pair have been going back and forth in the media for quite some time. During the UFC on FOX 22 broadcast this past weekend, the pair were both in attendance, however they were separated for a video interview, which resulted in quite a bit of trash talk, most of which ended up being censored by the FOX broadcasting team.
During a UFC 207 media luncheon this week, Garbrandt made quite a few bold claims about the bantamweight champion, including that he has lost his focus.
BloodyElbow has the quotes:
“I believe he’s getting ready for the next chapter in his life,” Garbrandt said during a UFC 207 media lunch. “He took the FOX commentating job. He’s a great broadcaster. He does amazing at that.
“I think he’s losing focus,” Garbrandt said. “He’s working two weeks before the fight. He’s breaking down all these fights. You got me in front of you. You should be solely focused on me.”
Despite the fact that after a two-year layoff, Cruz returned to the Octagon and reclaimed the bantamweight championship this year, before then defeating Urijah Faber in a trilogy fight, ‘No Love’ believes that ‘The Dominator’ isn’t the fighter he once was:
“He knows that he has to dance around and evade that pressure, evade someone that’s fast and a knockout artist for 5 rounds. That’s hard to do especially with how old he is. Especially with that two ACL surgeries, he doesn’t move the way he does.
“Another thing, too, he said he’s happy without having the belt. He didn’t need that to be happy. So for me, he’s kind of relinquishing that. He’s kind of going to the next chapter, getting ready for that. He’s being okay with not having (the title).”