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On December 30, in the co-main event of UFC 207, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will attempt to defend his title against undefeated challenger Cody Garbrandt.
In the buildup to this anticipated showdown, Cruz and Garbrandt have exchanged ceaseless trash talk. On Thursday evening, their beef continued to evolve as Cruz took to Instagram to post a video of Garbrandt being knocked out cold in an amateur bout. This bout, which pitted Garbrandt against Jerrell Hodge, occurred back in February of 2012, when he was just 20 years old.
As much as Cruz’s post is likely to bother Garbrandt, it’s actually sort of interesting. In advance of this fight, discourse has suggested that Cruz’s most probable path to victory is a dominant decision, while Garbrandt’s is an early knockout. As this video shows, however, Garbrandt can absolutely be knocked out. And as Cruz showed in his recent knockout of Takeya Mizugaki, he does have the power to put his foes away. So, while the oddsmakers are not likely to be especially confident in such an outcome, a Cruz knockout win is indeed possible.
Of course, there’s no way to know how this one actually unfolds until the cage door closes on December 30. Cruz will enter the bout having reclaimed the bantamweight title from TJ Dillashaw early in 2016, and successfully defended it with a dominant decision over an old rival in Urijah Faber in June. Garbrandt, meanwhile, will step onto the canvas with 5 UFC wins behind him: a third-round TKO of Marcus Brimage, a decision defeat of Enrique Briones, and three-straight first-round knockouts over Augusto Mendes, Thomas Almeida, and Takeya Mizugaki.
The winner of this bantamweight title fight is likely to take on the winner of TJ Dillashaw and John Lineker’s bantamweight showdown, which will also occur at UFC 207.
Who do you think comes out on top when Cruz and Garbrandt fight at UFC 207? Does Cruz have any chance at winning by knockout? Sound off, PENN Nation!