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I recently started writing for Cage Pages again. Here are the links to some of my columns.

Ronda Rousey should come back when she’s healthy

Dan Henderson has nothing left to prove

Jessica Andrade makes splash in strawweight debut

Don Frye to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame

Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley II can wait

Michael Page to face Cyborg Santos

Chad Mendes notified of potential anti-doping violation

Nine UFC fighters who could appear in WWE

Cody Garbrandt could fight Dominick Cruz down the road

ody Garbrandt is ready to avenge Team Alpha Male and take on UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

During a recent appearance on Team Alpha Male’s “Stud Radio,” Garbrandt detailed a backstage encounter he had with the bantamweight champion UFC 199, after Cruz’s successful title defense against Urijah Faber.

Apparently “No Love” did not like the way Cruz was looking at him and then told him to “keep my belt polished for me.” Things seemed to escalate when Cruz said something about Garbrandt’s many tattoos. A fight probably would have broken out had Cruz’s bodyguards not stepped in and, you know, did their jobs.

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During the encounter, Cruz said “You better get in line,” to which Garbrandt responded with, “There ain’t no line.”

Garbrandt rocked the mixed martial arts world when he knocked out Thomas Almeida halfway through the first round in May, earning his first “Performance of the Night” bonus.

This isn’t the first time Cruz and Garbrandt have traded verbal jabs. The two had a heated Twitter exchange a few days before UFC 199.

But Cruz may be right in with his comment about Cody Garbrandt getting in line. The UFC’s bantamweight division is stacked with several fighters who want to get that next shot at Cruz.

Former champion TJ Dillashaw and Raphael Assuncao will square off at UFC 200 and there’s a chance that fight could be a title eliminator bout. Bryan Caraway recently earned a split decision win over the previously unbeaten Aljamain Sterling and is pleading his case to fight for the belt. Fans also can’t forget about Michael McDonald, John Lineker, and John Dodson, who are all coming off wins.

Cody Garbrandt’s knockout over Almeida was impressive and props to him for calling out the champion to his face, but he may need another win or two before he gets a shot at Cruz. If he does get a title bout, it would most likely be because the UFC wants to cash in on his recent success and, more importantly, that Cruz wants to fight him.

The only real reasons Cruz would want to face Garbrandt so soon would be to shut his mouth and to add another name to the list of current and former Team Alpha Male fighters he’s beaten. He’s already defeated Faber (twice), Dillashaw, and Joseph Benavidez.

Cruz has been a thorn in the side of Cody Garbrandt’s teammates for a long time. He’s kind of like the Kazushi Sakuraba to their Gracie Family and could probably wear a shirt with “Team Alpha Male Hunter” written on it.

I could see Garbrandt fighting for the bantamweight title down the road. He probably needs that big win over someone like Dillashaw, Dodson, Assuncao, or Lineker. Even then, he still has to contend with Cruz, who looked flawless in his fight with Faber, and is way above everyone else at 135.

When No Love gets the opportunity to challenge for the bantamweight title and if Cruz is still holding it, they can bring their war of words to the Octagon. If Cody Garbrandt beats Cruz, he can thank him for polishing the belt for him.

 

 

 

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