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Ian
Garry
’s first act was enough to get everyone’s attention. Now
comes the encore.

The undefeated Irish prospect will take his second
Ultimate Fighting Championship
assignment when he meets
Darian
Weeks
in a
UFC 273
welterweight feature on Saturday at VyStar Veterans
Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Garry, 24, carries a
perfect 8-0 record into the Octagon. He last appeared at UFC 268,
where he dazzled in his promotional debut and punched out Jordan
Williams
with one second left in the first round of their Nov.
6 pairing.

As Garry focuses his attention on the once-beaten Weeks, here are
five things you might not know about him:

1. Peer reviews keep him on his toes.

Garry operates out of the powerhouse
Sanford MMA
camp in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where he trains
under Henri Hooft and sharpens his skills alongside a host of
world-class competitors, including Vicente
Luque
, Gilbert
Burns
, former UFC welterweight champion Robbie
Lawler
and onetime Bellator
MMA
welterweight titleholder Rory
MacDonald
.

2. He has stubbed his toe before.

“The Future” may be undefeated through his first eight professional
appearances, but he did suffer one loss as an amateur. Garry wound
up on the wrong side of a split decision against Andreeas
Binder
at Clan Wars 31 in March 2018.

3. His handlers chose the baptism-by-fire approach.

Garry was not eased into his pro career. He debuted inside the

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
organization at the age of
21, as he took a unanimous decision from James
Sheehan
at Cage Warriors 101 on Feb. 16, 2019. Garry stayed
with the England-based promotion until he signed with the UFC in
2021.

4. Championship gold has not eluded him.

The Dublin native remains one of only 13 men who have held the Cage
Warriors welterweight title. Adrian
Degorski
, Elhamy Elsebaey, Dan Hardy,
Forrest
Petz
, Pascal
Krauss
, Gael
Grimaud
, Cathal
Pendred
, Nicolas
Dalby
, Karl
Amoussou
, Stefano
Paterno
, Ross
Houston
and Mason Jones
are the others.

5. He prefers avoiding the judges.

Garry, who holds the rank of black belt in judo, has delivered six
of his eight victories by knockout, technical knockout or
submission. The lone outliers? His aforementioned encounter with
Sheehan and a five-round unanimous decision over Jack Grant at
Cage Warriors 125 that brought with it the company’s welterweight
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.


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