Cody Garbrandt Currently 2.80 To Defeat Dominick Cruz at UFC 207Published on December 20th, 2016 5:04 pm EST
Dominick Cruz is set to defend his Bantamweight title against Cody Garbrandt in the co-main event of UFC 207 on Friday, December 30th.
In reality, Garbrandt should not be getting the title shot at this point. After all, if you push any sort of faith in the UFC's ranking system, there are currently a total of four fighters - TJ Dillashaw, John Lineker, Raphael Assuncao and Jimmie Rivera - that should be getting the shot ahead of Cody Garbrandt.
Garbrandt's five wins in the UFC have come over Takeya Mizugaki, Thomas Almeida, Augusto Mendes, Henry Briones and Marcus Brimage. Should this qualify Garbrandt for a shot at the title? Probably not.
At the end of the day, the UFC is making this fight for a couple of reasons, including:
1) Lack of compelling fights for Cruz. Cruz/Dillashaw II was the fight to make but the UFC ultimately went in another direction. At the end of the day, putting Cruz in against a knockout artist was the most interesting fight (at least in the UFC's eyes) that they could make.
2) The Team Alpha Male storyline. Garbrandt is a member of Team Alpha Male and there has been a long-running feud between Cruz and the other members of Team Alpha Male. This ongoing rivalry made the Garbrandt/Cruz fight an easy sale to the public.
3) The trash talk. At the end of the day, heat between two fighters sells fights. Cruz is a master at talking trash, and, as we saw, TJ Dillashaw is most certainly not. Garbrandt has been much more willing to engage in trash talk, which is ultimately one of the main reasons why the UFC made this fight.
This is the new era of the UFC, where "money fights" rule supreme and rankings go out the window.
Having said all of that, this is still a compelling fight that boils down to one question - will Garbrandt be able to land on Cruz's chin before his cardio starts to falter?
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