CLEVELAND -- Veteran UFC bantamweight fighter Urijah Faber loves mixed martial arts, and as such, even when he is not in The Octagon, the former titlist wants to see the best fights possible. And he believes there is a super-fight brewing in his division.
After watching Uhrichsville, Ohio, native Cody Garbrandt cruise through his first five UFC matches, four of which he finished by knockout or TKO, Faber wants to see him get a championship match against Dominick Cruz.
“I’m excited for it,” Faber said at the UFC 203 open workout last week. “There’s no doubt in my mind that honestly, if you look at social media, Cody has three times the interaction of anyone in our weight class. If he posts something, people are excited about it.”
The last time Garbrandt was in The Octagon, he made quick work of veteran Takeya Mizugaki in the first round of their bantamweight contest in the premiere bout on the preliminary card of UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last month.
The eighth-ranked bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Garbrandt floored Mizugaki with a left-right combination, and that rocked the veteran fighter. With Mizugaki on his knees, Garbrandt landed a follow-up right-handed punch.
As Mizugaki fell to his back, and then, rolled over to his side, Garbrandt landed right-handed hammer fists and left-handed punches to the face before the fight was stopped. Referee “Big John” McCarthy called a stop to the fight at just 48 seconds of the first round.
With his win over Mizugaki, Garbrandt improved to 10-0 as a professional mixed martial artist and is now tied with champion Dominick Cruz for the most current consecutive wins in the UFC bantamweight division.
Garbrandt has won all five of his fights since debuting in the UFC on January 3, 2015. He has won four of those five fights by knockout, including three straight in the first round.
“The question is, ‘Who is the baddest dude on the planet at any given weight?’ and I think a lot of people think it might be Cody Garbrandt, and there’s only one way to find out,” Faber said. “You fight the other guy who a lot of people think is the top guy right now. That’s why you do matchups. It’s not, ‘This is fair,’ or ‘I feel this way or this way.’ It’s like, ‘Is this guy possibly the baddest dude on the planet?’ Let’s find out. This guy’s been knocking everyone out.”