Former UFC and WEC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz had not lost a fight in a decade. And the one smudge on his record (a submission loss to Urijah Faber in the WEC) he avenged, twice. The crafty footwork and angles of Dominick Cruz were often imitated but never duplicated, and many thought Cruz would retire on top with the bantamweight UFC strap. That all came to a screeching halt when he faced off with 25 year old Ohioan Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt. Garbrandt lived up to his name , ruthlessly taunting and getting under the skin of Cruz during a 25 minute schooling that saw Garbrandt named the new UFC bantamweight champion. So what’s next for Garbrandt? many speculate a grudge match with his former team mate and former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, who also secured an impressive win at UFC 207. But during an appearance on ‘The MMA hour’, ‘No Love’ said he is setting his sights much higher, for a much bigger pay out.
I need to sit down with Dana [White] and Sean [Shelby], and find out the biggest money fight for me. I know I could go up and fight with Jose Aldo. He has wins over my teammates, he’s a legend, and I’d like to test his chin. I know I hit hard, and I’m just getting started. And I could also have the biggest fight with Conor [McGregor]. I could easily go up. My homie Nate Diaz choked him out, and I can’t believe he’s pound-for-pound No. 2 on the list, with, you know he got choked out. There’s a lot of fights for me in the division, in the UFC division, I am young enough to go up, and I’ll fight anybody. But to be honest, I truly believe that I’m ready to fight and I believe that I go out there and put on a performance. And I’m a draw. I want the biggest money fight for me right now. I think that I saw Jose Aldo say that he’d like to fight me, I’d like to test his chin. Like I said, he’s got wins over my teammates and I want to get every one of those back. But there’s so many fights for me. I’ve got to sit down with my management team, with Sean and Dana, and see what fights the best for me, and the biggest money fight. We’re all in this to get us all rich, to get us all paid. And that’s what I want to do.
I’m the champ. I just went out there and beat one of the best pound-for-pounds, who’s been on the pound-for-pound [list] for however long now. I want the biggest draw. I think Jose Aldo…I want the biggest challenge. I’m in this sport to challenge myself. I just beat Dominick handily, and I’m ready for a bigger challenge. I think Jose Aldo is tough, I respect him, but I want to test his chin. I know I hit like a Mack Truck. Like I said, I’m just getting started, just getting comfortable. And you know, Conor, too. He knows that I’d go up to 150 and catchweight with him. Jose Aldo I’ll go up to 45. But yeah. I’m excited for the potential match-ups for me. I feel like I’m one of the biggest draws. I’m the biggest draw for Conor in the division, you know what I mean? I’m a rising star. Jose Aldo needs a fight. I think that he went out there and said that he’d like to fight me too.