‘Cody Is a Champion’- Dominick Cruz After Cody Garbrandt’s First Round KO at UFC 269

Published 12/13/2021, 6:58 AM EST


At the post-fight press conference of UFC 269, former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz reacted to his former foe, Cody Garbrandt’s loss against flyweight Kai Kara-France in the flyweight division. Cruz also took part in the event as a fighter against bantamweight #8 Pedro Munhoz. ‘The Dominator’ won the thrilling bout through unanimous decision after surviving early knockdowns in the opening round.

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Cruz respectfully responded to the questions against the former bantamweight champion. Who, in fact, dethroned ‘The Dominator’ to wear the bantamweight championship belt.

He said, “I don’t know why other people haven’t been successful. I haven’t been part of their camps, but I know Cody is a champion, obviously in his heart and mind. I think he’ll get back on track. He’s still very young. Cutting down to 25… I don’t even know how that’s possible for him. But he made it work, and he said it was easy. So, I think he’ll be fine.”

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Cruz then told the media persons to give it some time as he has faith in Garbrandt. “Just give the guy some time and let him find his bearings with his team or whatever he needs to find. I got nothing but faith in the guy.”

Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt last met in the octagon at UFC 207 in 2016. Where the latter comfortably won through a unanimous decision. Moreover, after Cruz also lost his bantamweight strap to ‘No Love’, he went on a 4-year hiatus from UFC fights.

What’s ahead for Cody Garbrandt after UFC 269

The former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has just 1 victory in his last 6 matches after his loss against flyweight #6 Kai Kara-France in his flyweight debut. Garbrandt lost the bout after his opponent knocked him out in the first round of the match.

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‘No Love’ has only won 1 bout against Raphael Assuncao in the last four years of his career. He has suffered losses against the likes of TJ Dillashaw, Pedro Munhoz, Rob Font of the bantamweight division. ‘No Love’ made the decision to step down a weight class as one more loss would have reduced him to gatekeeper position in his former division.

As of now, the 30-year-old can only hope to strive hard and prove himself in his new venture.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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