UFC welterweight Ian Garry is out to prove that he is a future star in the UFC. It will only be a matter of time before he shows it to the world.
Garry made his UFC debut in November at UFC 268 in New York. He defeated Jordan Williams via a first-round KO. The UFC did not give Garry any favors in his debut and he was tested. Williams caused bleeding under Garry’s nose. The bleeding never perturbed Garry as he remained in charge of the exchanges and targeted Williams. He eventually stopped Williams with one second left in the first round.
It was an explosive introduction for Garry. The impressive part about it was that he faced trouble and worked through it.
In his post-fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan, Garry spoke about his future: “We just shocked the world. The Irish are back, baby,” Garry said. “We are going to be a world champion. We are taking over the division.”
Garry, the 24-year-old Irishman, referenced Conor McGregor in his interview by saying that he was going to take over the UFC. In 2014, McGregor notably remarked how the Irish were in the UFC to take over MMA. Fast forward eight years and Garry has the same ambitions as McGregor.
Regardless of how Garry’s career shapes out, his personality is undeniable. He has the makings of a star. Before the UFC, Garry was a champion in Cage Warriors and dominated that promotion. In June, he defeated Jack Grant via unanimous decision to win the Cage Warriors welterweight title. Garry never defended his belt in Cage Warriors because he was ready for the next level.
Garry trains at Sanford MMA in Florida, and he is coached by Henri Hooft and Greg Jones. That gym has cultivated world champions in the UFC and Bellator. Some of their current fighters include Michael Chandler and Gilbert Burns. Garry hopes to be the next elite fighter in the gym.
His next opponent is TBD, but he will likely be back in the octagon sooner than later. Expect Garry to rise quickly in his next few fights in the UFC.