Cody Garbrandt has been on a tear lately, scoring a knockout when he headlined a recent Fight Night event, and getting another brain-crushing victory on Saturday’s UFC 202. So of course he wants a crack at his division’s champ.

As he should. Get that paper, son.

But Dominick Cruz, the bantamweight king who’s taken out the best, has a knack for eviscerating opponents with his wit – hence the following, which he uttered on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” yesterday:

“Let the youngster enjoy his hype train fresh off his win,” Cruz said. “Let his people keep on building that false sense of confidence that they are all instilling into his psyche over this period, it’s good for him.

“I kill hype for a living.”