Joe Rogan and Bas Rutten excessive on Garry’s future
To listen to Joe Rogan inform it, the UFC has one thing fairly particular in Ian Garry. The unbeaten Irishman first rose to prominence coming via the Cage Warriors circuit, branding himself as a kind of second coming of Conor McGregor.
“Being in comparison with one of many largest superstars on the planet and the one that modified the game isn’t a foul factor in my eyes,” <a href="https://www.ESPN.com/MMA/story/_/id/33646394/UFC-273-being-next-conor-mcgregor-not-plan-ian-garry-notorious-rise” goal=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Garry stated in a 2022 interview with ESPN. “So, yeah. I’ll take it and run with it.”
Whereas he’s labored extra to distance himself from that picture within the time since then, the shadow of his longtime idol nonetheless clearly hangs excessive of the 25-year-old from Portmarnock. Contemplating the extent of superstardom to which McGregor has climbed, that is probably not such a foul factor.
On a current episode of his Joe Rogan Expertise podcast, the longtime UFC commentator sat down with old fashioned MMA legend Bas Rutten. Rutten was there before everything to speak about Karate Fight, the current startup fight sports activities promotion that options pure, full-contact Karate bouts, the place the previous UFC champion is a commentator. Sooner or later, nevertheless, the dialog received to different fighters outdoors the group, together with Ian Garry and his future potential.
“(He’s) undefeated, so assured and so clever,” Rogan stated (transcript through <a href="https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2023/05/UFC-news-joe-rogan-high-hopes-ian-machado-garry-it-factor-got-it” goal=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>MMA Junkie). “Beating Daniel Rodriguez like that within the final battle, and being the primary man to cease Rodriguez (with strikes) – that’s an enormous deal. He’s received it. No matter ‘it’ is, he’s received it. He’s on his method up.”
Joe Rogan isn’t the one one singing Garry’s praises. After his first spherical KO victory over Daniel Rodriguez at UFC on ABC: Rozenstruik vs. Almeida, UFC president Dana White had nothing however reward to heap on the streaking welterweight expertise.
“You understand what [Garry] stated to us tonight?” White advised the assembled media after the occasion. “‘I need to beat all the highest guys within the prime 10. I need to beat all the fellows within the prime 5. I need to ensure that there’s no query that after I battle for the title that folks know I deserve it.’ That’s a enjoyable man. He’s enjoyable.
“We now have the Irish man blueprint round right here. So, we’ll in all probability take him to Boston, or MSG, after which ultimately Eire if he retains doing what he’s doing.”
No phrase but on when Garry shall be again within the Octagon, though the UFC has teased plans for a return to Madison Sq. Backyard in October, for a PPV headlined by Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic. It simply could be that Garry will discover his subsequent journey to the Octagon this fall. In that case, little doubt there shall be much more eyes on him when he steps into the cage.