Cody Garbrandt busts out dance move after ducking punches
08:00, Dec 31, 2016
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As it turns out, Garbrandt accomplished goal one day early after out dueling Dominick Cruz in a five round classic to win the bantamweight championship at UFC 207 on Friday night in Las Vegas.
Garbrandt made short work of Takeya Mizugaki in the first round of their bantamweight contest in the premier bout on the preliminary card of UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena back in August.
The opening moments of the first round saw the elusive Cruz keep his distance but land shots from outside of the pocket. Cruz caught a kick, but couldn't take advantage. But the tension between him and Garbrandt has boiled over recently, and it all came to a head at the UFC 207 weigh-ins. Cruz suffered the gash on his left eyebrow while trying to duck a punch from the heavy-handed Garbrandt. The challenger landed his own takedown, but Cruz got up quickly.
Garbrandt, 25, figured if he could knock off top contenders John Lineker and Thomas Almeida, he could be in title contention before the end of the year.
Cruz had a nice combination to start round 2. The challenger connected on a counter right hand. The round ended shortly after.
He opened a big cut over Cruz's left eye with a right hand in the third, and though it didn't really seem to be a factor, blood was flowing into Cruz's eye for much of the rest of the fight.
Nevertheless, Mr. Icasiano said Ms. Nunes's power still poses a danger to Ms. Rousey, more so that the former champion's chin was exposed in her defeat by Ms. Holm in November a year ago. The cut was the result of an accidental headbutt. All the while, he continued to trash talk the master trash talker. The round definitely ended in favor of Borg and if the fight continues at that rate, he'll surely earn a finish. A hard straight right jarred Cruz. Garbrandt chased Cruz down and missed on his punches, as Cruz beautifully evaded them. He detailed how Garbrandt came charging at him after stepping off the scale before security broke it up. "No Love" dropped Cruz again. Cruz whiffed on a spinning backfist to end the 1st. However, that was not enough to earn him a rematch with Cruz, but a win over John Lineker will nearly certainly put him at the front of the queue to face the victor of Cruz v Garbrandt. The challenger pressed his opponent against the fence. Garbrandt connected with a knee to the body on the exit. The final horn sounded and both men embraced. Garbrandt was also credited with the fight's only takedown.
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