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Cody Garbrandt says he is fighting TJ Dillashaw at MSG

Cody Garbrandt says he is fighting TJ Dillashaw at MSG

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The grudge match between former teammates Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw is expected to go down at November’s UFC 217 event in New York.

“No Love” took to Twitter posting the following about his upcoming title defense.

Garbrandt was last seen in action at December’s UFC 207 event where he dethroned Dominick Cruz via a lopsided unanimous decision victory to claim the UFC’s coveted bantamweight championship.

Meanwhile, former bantamweight title holder TJ Dillashaw has strung together two impressive victories, his latest being a drubbing of surging division contender John Lineker.

UFC 217 is headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Michael Bisping and former welterweight title holder Georges St-Pierre.

UFC 207 Results: Cody Garbrandt defeats Dominick Cruz (Highlights)

UFC 207 Results: Cody Garbrandt defeats Dominick Cruz (Highlights)

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

A bantamweight title fight between current champ Dominick Cruz (22-2 MMA) and surging contender Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA) served as the co-main event of tonight’s UFC 207 event in Las Vegas.

Round one begins and Garbrandt charges forward with a punch that misses. Cruz connects with a right. Cody replies with a leg kick and then another. Cruz comes forward and lands a left. The fighters trade leg kicks. Cody misses with a combination. He catches Dominick with a left and then another. Cruz fires back with a hard leg kick. Cruz is bouncing around now. Cody chases after him but misses with an attempted right hand. Cruz connects with a low kick. He catches a leg kick from Cody but cannot score a takedown. Garbrandt with a nice leg kick. Cruz goes upstairs with a head kick but it is blocked. Dominick shoots for a takedown and they scramble back to their feet. Cody with a nice right. Dominick replies with a left and then a right hand. Both men land nice leg kicks. Cody ducks a punch and scores a takedown. Cruz scrambles and gets back up to his feet. Dominick with a leg kick and then misses with a spinning back fist to close out round one.

Round two begins and Cody throws a head kick which is blocked. Cruz lands a nice combination. He bounces around and lands a leg kick. Cody lands a nice combo but Dominick catches him with a left and Cody stumbles. Dominick misses with a leg kick but then presses forward and lands a jab. Another jab lands for Cruz. He scores with a leg kick. Cruz comes forward but Cody catches him with a counter right. Cruz lands another nice leg kick. Cody returns fire with a kick to the body. He throws another kick but Dominick catches it and throws it aside. Cruz with a nice knee. Cody lands a left hook. They return to the center of the octagon and Cruz lands a leg kick. He follows that up with a left jab. Cody goes to the body with a kick and then lands a punch. Cruz fires back with a kick and then a left jab. Cruz with a low kick and Garbrandt replies with aleft and then a body kick. Dominick scores a brief takedown and then throws a flurry to end round two.

Round three begins and Cody lands a head kick and then a right hand. Another right hand from Cody causes Cruz to stumble. Dominick is bleeding now. He tags Dominick with a right. Cruz pumps his jab. Cody fires back with another right. Cody is talking to him now and mocking him. The crowd is loving this. Cruz goes upstairs with a high kick and then lands a right hand. Cody counters with a right of his own. They meet in the center of the octagon and Cody catches Dominick with a punch and then a knee. He follows that up with a jab. Dominick lands a left and then a leg kick. Cody ducks and avoids a flurry from Cruz. One minute remains in the round. Dominick charges forward with punches but cannot connect. He does land a follow up kick. He lands a leg kick and then a left hand. Round three comes to an end.

Round four begins and Dominick has a bad cut that was apparently caused by a head butt. Cruz steps forward and lands a left and then a pair of kicks. Cody misses with a high kick. Cruz is bouncing back and forth. Cody drops him with a punch. Cruz jumps back up and lands a left. He follows that up with a body kick. Both men land nice lefts. These rivals are talking to each other a lot here. Cruz eats a right hand and Cody smiles. Garbradnt with a low kick. Cody is dancing now. Literally. Cruz chases after him but misses with his attempted strikes. An attempted head kick from Cruz misses. Cody lands a hard inside leg kick. Cruz misses with a wild left. Cody drops Dominick again. Cruz gets back up and Cody connects with another combo that sends Cruz down. Cruz gets back up but is hurt. Round four comes to an end.

Round five begins and Cody lands a nice kick. Dominick responds with a left and then a right. Cody circles and lands a nice leg kick. Cody presses forward and lands a combo. Dominick replies with a hard right hand. Cruz with a flying knee that partially lands. He likely needs the finish here. He is trying to find Cody but misses with his punches. Dominick lands a leg kick. Cody smiles at him and once again mocks Dominick. Cruz comes forward and lands a left. Cody misses with a spinning back fist attempt. Cruz chases after him and lands a right. He attempts a takedown but it is not there. Both fighters still look fresh. One minute remains now. Cruz is swinging bombs here but nothing is finding a home. Cody ducks under and presses Cruz against the cage. He lands a knee on the break. Cruz continues his forward pressure and lands a hard leg kick. A nice show of respect after.

UFC 207 Results: Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz

Dominick Cruz sends a message to Cody Garbrandt’s girlfriend

Dominick Cruz sends a message to Cody Garbrandt’s girlfriend

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The beef between current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and top contender Cody Garbrandt is getting personal ahead of their showdown at UFC 207 set for December 30 in Las Vegas.

“The Dominator” recently took to Instagram where he commented on a photo posted by Cody Garbrandt’s girlfirened. Check it out:

Cruz left the following message on Garbrandt’s girlfriends post:

Dominick Cruz: “Don’t get involved in big boy stuff little girl – ur just going to get yourself embarrassed… Just have the tissue ready for your boy toy when he loses, that’s your job!”

Obviously Cody Garbrandt did not take well to Cruz making comments directed at his girlfriend, so he fired back with the following:

Cody Garbradnt: “Dominick Cruz I’m going to cave your fucking skull in!”

Cody Garbrandt: “It’s funny you come on my girls site and talk shit but face to face you hide behind security and your punk ass coaches you’re a scared little bitch and your time is coming!”

Who do you think will emerge victorious when “No Love” and “The Dominator” square off December 30 in Sin City?

Dominick Cruz slated to defend his bantamweight title at UFC 207

Dominick Cruz slated to defend his bantamweight title at UFC 207

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (22-1 MMA) is slated to return to action at UFC 207 this December in Las Vegas, according to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.

“The Dominator” is being targeted to square off with Cody Garbrandt at the pay-per-view event.

The UFC has yet to officially announce the bout.

Dominick Cruz was most recently seen in action at June’s UFC 199 event in Los Angeles where he earned a unanimous decision victory over bitter rival Urijah Faber.

Cruz Faber

Prior to his victory over Faber, Cruz was coming off a title-earning split-decision victory over former division champion T.J. Dillashaw this past January in Boston.

Meanwhile, Cody Garbrandt (10-0 MMA) was last seen in action at August’s UFC 202 event in Las Vegas, where he earned a first-round knockout victory over Takeya Mizugaki. The win marked Cody’s third-straight knockout victory in a row, as “No Love” had previously disposed of Thomas Almeida and Augusto Mendes via first-round finishes.

UFC 207 takes place December 30 live from T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. The event is headlined by a women’s bantamweight championship fighting featuring current title holder Amanda Nunes taking on former champion Ronda Rousey.

Who do you think will emerge victorious if Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt square off at UFC 207 this December?