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Ian Garry Reflects On Incredible UFC Debut And Reveals Plans For The Future

With Kamaru Usman’s foot placed squarely at the throat of the UFC welterweight division, ‘The Future’ is worth examining at 170 pounds.

While the number 1 pound for pound reigns supreme, the next few years could see an Irishman have vice-like control over weight class.

Ian Garry got off to a spectacular start in the UFC with a first-round KO victory on his Madison Square Garden debut, announcing himself on the biggest stage in exactly the way he predicted.

Ian Garry (right) got off to an incredible start to life in the UFC with a KO of Jordan Williams.

Ian Garry (right) got off to an incredible start to life in the UFC with a KO of Jordan Williams.

Garry found a brilliant KO despite not having done everything his own way in the beginning.

Garry found a brilliant KO despite not having done everything his own way in the beginning.

Garry found a brilliant KO despite not having done everything his own way in the beginning.

Having had more than a week to reflect on a life-changing night, the UFC’s youngest undefeated fighter exclusively told Sportsmail about the experience.

In the fight I was overwhelmed in the first two minutes, I heard Bruce Buffer call my name, look up in the stands and see “The Future – Ian Garry” – and I was thinking “this is really happening”.

So I had to focus and say, “Come on, he’s hitting you, focus!”

“ They rolled out the red carpet for me, I don’t even know how many interviews I did, it was my UFC debut on MSG on the biggest card of the year and it was two minutes where I missed. It doesn’t get bigger than it just did. Next time I’ll go straight out and turn on from the first second.

A first-round finish with a clean KO would be as ideal a debut as most fighters could conjure up, but Garry is a perfectionist.

The Irishman admits he was overwhelmed by the occasion, but only briefly before taking over.

The Irishman admits he was overwhelmed by the occasion, but only briefly before taking over.

The Irishman admits he was overwhelmed by the occasion, but only briefly before taking over.

“Obviously I got the stoppage I wanted, that spectacular highlights reel knockout that I can add to my highlights reel, but it wasn’t perfect and I’m always looking for perfection,” he adds.

‘There is a lot I can learn from that fight. People say you have to lose to learn, no, no, no. I don’t have to lose to learn, I can win and learn all the time.

“I have only won in my career and I have learned a lot and I want to continue like this. Every time I win I learn something. Jordan was tough, he was trained really well for that fight, he was successful in the first few minutes and then in two and a half minutes, I took over. and he didn’t do much until I knocked him out.

Of course, the comparisons to Conor McGregor are unavoidable, and are warmly welcomed by Garry himself, who shares deadly gameplay and captivating skill on the mic with his famous compatriot.

Garry believes that the experience of a massive card will help him to be more composed now

Garry believes that the experience of a massive card will help him to be more composed now

Garry believes that the experience of a massive card will help him to be more composed now

The ‘Notorious’ sent Garry a heartfelt congratulatory voicemail after his win and it’s a big reason the 24-year-old continued his journey to MMA, despite his mother writing him a letter when he decided. pursue your dream instead of going to college. .

“Ian, taking a year to figure out what you’re going to do is stupid,” she’d say.

‘I will not support someone who surrenders himself and takes the easy path. Being the next Conor McGregor is not a damn plan.

Garry’s first amateur fight was three years ago. His rise has been meteoric and that plan to follow in McGregor’s footsteps is going pretty well so far.

He has moved to Florida and trains at the renowned Sanford MMA gym, a hotbed of talent, though Garry even admits that some of the monsters he encountered on the mat made him feel small at first.

Garry won the Cage Warriors title and has yet to taste defeat as a professional.

Garry won the Cage Warriors title and has yet to taste defeat as a professional.

Garry won the Cage Warriors title and has yet to taste defeat as a professional.

Garry (right) as a young fan is following in Conor McGregor's footsteps now

Garry (right) as a young fan is following in Conor McGregor's footsteps now

Garry (right) as a young fan is following in Conor McGregor’s footsteps now

He explained: ‘I don’t care what room I walk into, or what superstars are in the room, I’ll cause trouble, I’m a bit disruptive.

I did exactly that in Sanford, I’m loud, I laugh but I got it back, they called me ‘little’ and they tore me apart for the first few weeks, they gave it to me and I enjoyed it, they didn’t hold back.

‘For the first time in my life I’m sitting there and there are about eight heavyweights on the mat and I’m like’ fuck I’m little ‘, sitting there with huge, freaked out boys. So I’m there like, “okay, I’m not going to argue with you, but I’m going to chat with you and try to get into your head.”

“The move was great, the coaches sensational and I can’t wait to sit down and learn and grow, evolving as a fighter. I was on a wrestling field there, fixing little things, when I go back out of the wrestling field it will be a lot of fun. ‘

A significant departure from McGregor is Garry’s lack of concern for money. He is motivated by thoughts of his legacy, trusting that success will naturally bring wealth.

It will take Garry a few months to work on his game before returning next spring.

It will take Garry a few months to work on his game before returning next spring.

It will take Garry a few months to work on his game before returning next spring.

“I am living my dream, I am literally living the life I want to live and for me to wake up every day and do what I do is my dream come true,” he continued.

“The fact that I can train in the sun, spend time with my family and loved ones, work with the best on the planet, that’s all that matters to me. Get to a world title, where I want to be. The more successful I am, the more of everything comes with it, the more I earn, the more eyes are on me, the more I earn, the more sponsorships and offers come. ”

Clearly, at 24 years old and with so few years at an elite level of competition, there is still plenty of room for evolution, but Garry acknowledges that he can breathe new life into a division blocked by the champion.

Both he and Khamzat Chimaev, the terrifying and impressive rising star born in Cechen, have the ability to turn things around for years to come.

He jokes: ‘He’s like the evil Khabib and the cute Conor!

‘The welterweight division is stacked to be honest. Usman, I don’t see Usman lose unless he gives up, he’s amazing, he’s so good at what he does. The main threats in the division would likely be Luque, Chimaev and Gilbert Burns.

The 24-year-old is already making waves and his long-term goal is to be one of the best ever.

The 24-year-old is already making waves and his long-term goal is to be one of the best ever.

The 24-year-old is already making waves and his long-term goal is to be one of the best ever.

Garry didn't do everything his way and Williams found success in the first two minutes

Garry didn't do everything his way and Williams found success in the first two minutes

Garry didn’t do everything his way and Williams found success in the first two minutes

‘Burns is the elite fighter, he can take out anyone, Luque is one of the best in all respects and he will soon win a chance. Chimaev is sensational, he dominates everyone, he deserves the hype and he has made a name for himself.

‘I’m 24 this week, no rush, success will slowly build up, hype will skyrocket with every fight and I’ll sit there ready to take control of the division. When I take over, it will be done, a slow rise to being the long-term king.

He continues: ‘I’ll take my time, learn my craft, grow, evolve, take my diet where I want it to be, I’m around 80 percent plant right now, which is strange to me because I’m changing a lot. My diet.

“I can physically see that my body continues to grow. The welterweight division is mine and it will be mine and I just have to give it time. I’ll keep doing performances like I have, and eventually I’ll take over. ”

Garry wants four or five months to work on his craft before heading back to the Octagon again, probably around April 2022. He has a no-nonsense head on his shoulders to go with the big ambitions, but he makes no apologies for dreaming big.

‘My goal is the UFC title and to be one of the best fighters who has ever walked this planet. And I want to do it with a smile on my face. ‘

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