The bad energy was palpable. After months of trash talk, scuffles, and not-so-veiled threats, Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt were about to throw down. After 20+ minutes, what we saw was Cody Garbrandt enterting the big stage while doing The Robot.
We have a new bantamweight champion, people. Dominick Cruz has finally been dethroned.
The fight started with an appropriate amount of love (no love). And it devolved into a brawl that would signal a changing of the guard.
Round 1 was Dominick Cruz being Dominick Cruz, but Cody was keen to the champ's game. For every fancy zig Cruz made, Cody moved into a faster zag. Cruz implemented his game well to start, but midway through the second round, Garbrandt started connecting, and hard.
Try as he might to look like his old self, Cruz looked slow compared to No Love. No one has ever tagged Cruz like this. Incredible.
And it just continued as time went on. Many expected Garbrandt to slow down, but all he did was keep punching Dominick Cruz in the face.