Dominick was the UFC champion when Cody made his MMA debut, in December 2012. Cruz was 19-1 at the time and had already beat MM in his second UFC title defense. Garbrandt is fighting the guy who was and still is the UFC BW champion when he got into the sport. Has there ever been a case like this before? Garbrandt just mentioned this on the MMAhour: "I was thinking about Cruz before i even did MMA. When i just trained Boxing in 2007 and saw Urijah and Cruz fight for the WEC title, that's when i pictured myself fighting Dominick"