UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz is preparing to defend his championship against #5 ranked Cody Garbrandt this Friday Night at UFC 207. While Cruz has been getting ready for battle against Garbrandt, he has also been dealing with Garbrandt’s girlfriend on social media. An Instagram post led to an additional feud for the 135-pound great.
“That whole thing that happened with his girlfriend, first of all, I’ll just squash that immediately,” Cruz said on The MMA Hour. “I have no problem with his girlfriend or women in general. I love women, I respect women. I’m a mama’s boy, to be perfectly honest. By me going on there, I got tagged by her, apparently — I didn’t even really realize who she was at first until looked into it, and she tagged me in that thing. So all I said, was actually very nicely, I said, ‘don’t get involved in this stuff. Your job is to take care of your boy toy, plain and simple.’ I don’t know how they are, how they do it, but I don’t want her involved in this stuff. And to me, it’s his job to tell her that stuff, to keep her out of it. But clearly, she probably wears the pants in the relationship because he’s a big softy, as much as he tries to pretend he’s a tough guy. She went out there and tried to defend him, but really, I just don’t want her involved in it. She shouldn’t be involved in it, because I don’t want her to get embarrassed by comments from people on the outside. You don’t get involved in this beef. This is between me and Cody only. This has nothing to do with her, and I was very kind and gentle about letting her know that.”
While Cruz didn’t want to deal with Garbrandt’s girlfriend in anyway, he feels that she is controlling Garbrandt a little too much.
“No matter what, if somebody can spike your emotions in any way, shape, or form, they’re doing something to you. And that’s a form of control,” Cruz said. “So, anybody can look at it how they want, but I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m controlling his emotions, like I know that. I don’t know what this guy’s feeling. There’s not enough factual basis for me to say, ‘yes, here we go, I’ve got control of him.’ But I’m going to say that all I can do is be myself and continue to say the things that I’m saying to him, and as you see this take place, I think his reaction alone tells the story. Plain and simple. Just look at his reactions. Look at how he acts. Look at the things he says. And that should paint the picture for people out there.”
UFC 207 takes place on Friday, December 30 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey headlining.