Team Alpha Male representative Cody Garbrandt is so far undefeated in his MMA career. With a record of 10-0 (with nine knockout wins), he was able to earn his shot at Dominick Cruz’s bantamweight title through a string of definitive wins since he made his UFC debut in January 2015.
“No Love” will be facing Cruz for the 135-pound strap at UFC 207 on December 30th in Las Vegas. Riding on the confidence that he will emerge victorious on fight night, Garbrandt is now setting his sights on bigger accolades.
"I think I should be Fighter of the Year. I go from unranked to world champion in one year,” Garbrandt said on the Luke Thomas Show on Tuesday (via MMA Fighting). “Before I got in the UFC, I wrote down on a piece of paper a goal that I was going to make it to the UFC in 2015 and then I'll be the world champion before 2017 so I'm right on track. I pull out that piece of paper all the time and look at it. It's motivation.”
"So that'll be nice, fighter of the year. I think I deserve it. Dominick is one of the top bantamweights, top fighters in the world and obviously with my progression throughout my fights I'm finishing fighters faster and faster and faster each fight.”
“So if they want to give my fighter of the year after I dismantle Dominick Cruz I'll be happy to accept the award."
The match-up between Cruz and Garbrandt is fueled with animosity, since the two men had exchanged personal attacks on each other via social media. Garbrandt, however, says he remains unaffected.
"I'm not new to this. This is fine, I use this as fuel to the fire,” Garbrandt said. “Dominick was first trying to get under my skin with the daddy issues comment - and that's his insecurities coming out. He comes from a similar background - single mother - so I feel bad for the guy.”
“He's full of insecurities and so he's prying and prying and picking and picking trying to get under my skin."