Yesterday afternoon, a long-rumored bantamweight title bout between champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Cody Garbrandt was made official. This hotly-anticipated showdown will serve as the main event of UFC 207, which will occur on December 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Garbrandt, of course, was not the only choice for the next crack at Cruz’s title. It could easily be argued that former champ TJ Dillashaw, Jimmie Rivera, Bryan Caraway or John Lineker deserved the shot instead.
In the end, however, the UFC went with Garbrandt, not just on the basis of his perfect record and fan-friendly fighting style, but because he’s spent the last few months locked in a war of words with the champion, which has resulted in a fairly compelling grudge match.
Though Garbrandt has now been given the title shot he’s been campaigning so hard for, it doesn’t appear that he’s ready to put this war of words to bed. Late Monday evening, the bantamweight title challenger took to Twitter to launch more trash talk in Cruz’s direction. This time around, Garbrandt called Cruz a “little b*tch” for failing to tag him in a previous post.
You can see Cruz’s original post, and Garbrandt’s response to it below.
— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) October 24, 2016
It’s safe to say that these two dynamic bantamweights will let their beef slow cook till the cage door closes on fight night. At that point, it’s anybody’s guess as to what happens.
Garbrandt will enter this bout with a perfect 10-0 record to his name. His five most recent wins have occured in the UFC, where he debuted with a TKO of Marcus Brimage, followed up with a decision over Enrique Brioles, and most recently, scored first-round knockouts over Augusto Mendes, Thomas Almeida and Takeya Mizugaki.
Cruz, meanwhile, rebounded from one of the ugliest stretches of injuries in MMA history earlier this year when he reclaimed the bantamweight crown from TJ Dillashaw, who had won it in his absence. Several months later, Cruz made the first defense of his recently reclaimed title with a decision defeat of long-time rival Urijah Faber.
UFC 207’s headliner will see former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey make her long-awaited return to the Octagon opposite current champion Amanda Nunes. The card will also feature a rematch between former heavyweight champions Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, and a handful of compelling welterweight scraps.
Who do you think comes out on top in the card’s Cruz vs. Garbrandt co-main event?