Ian Machado Garry has a plan for climbing the UFC’s welterweight ranks.
Following a first-round end of Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Charlotte, Machado Garry known as for his subsequent struggle to be in opposition to veteran Neil Magny. The pairing would undoubtedly obtain excessive billing on any UFC card, with Machado Garry at present undefeated at 12-0 and Magny (27-10) proudly owning the promotion’s report for many wins at 170 kilos with 20.
Machado Garry defined his callout additional throughout an look on The MMA Hour.
“[Rodriguez] was the primary ranked opponent I’ve ever fought,” Machado Garry stated. “I knocked him out in three minutes, after which we transfer on to the second. We’ll discover out who’s subsequent, I need Neil Magny. I known as out Neil Magny on the mic, and I imagine that he’s an outstanding matchup for me for a lot of, many causes. One, he’s been the gatekeeper of the division for—I’d argue, since I’ve been an novice fighter. Years and years and years in the past, earlier than I used to be wherever close to the UFC, Neil Magny was within the prime 10. When Khamzat got here into the division, he was calling out Khamzat, saying he desires to struggle him each time one among them fought. He’s not afraid of anyone.
“He’s good in all places, I don’t imagine he’s nice wherever, and I imagine that I can go in there and exhibit much more of the bells and whistles that I’ve, that’s not simply all on the toes. That if he desires to go to the bottom, he desires to combine it up and get soiled with me, that Ian can get soiled too.”
Machado Garry and Magny even share a current win, with Magny having submitted Rodriguez this previous November.
One snag in Machado Garry’s matchmaking, although, is that Magny is at present anticipated to struggle Phil Hawes on June 24 at UFC Jacksonville. Even understanding this, Machado Garry nonetheless feels that Magny is one of the best identify to advance his standing at this stage of his profession.
“In an absolute very best world, [Magny] wins, that will be very best,” Machado Garry stated. “However I feel, regardless — and that is no disrespect to Phil Rowe — I feel lots of people know who Neil Magny is and don’t know who Phil is. So I nonetheless assume that Neil Magny is the larger identify and the one which the followers will discover extra.
“Clearly, I need him to win, I need him to go on the market and do effectively in order that once we come collectively it’s large, however I imagine that, regardless, me vs. Neil Magny is a step as much as the remainder of the competitors I’ve ever confronted and it’s thrilling for me to go on the market and take a look at myself in opposition to a man of his caliber.”
To this point, Machado Garry and his crew have hit all the best notes in his UFC run, with the Irish fighter surging in recognition with each look because of his assured public picture and vigorous social media presence. It helps that he retains seeing his hand raised, with 5 wins in 5 UFC appearances following a standout run with Europe’s Cage Warriors promotion.
“The Future” has already scored two knockout wins this 12 months, and if the best matchups line up for him, he hopes so as to add two extra names to his hit listing earlier than the top of 2023.
“I need to be energetic,” Machado Garry stated. “So I imagine crucial factor for me now’s let’s see what occurs with this Magny struggle and as soon as that’s completed and over and we see what’s occurred, if anybody has the balls to name me out in between there within the prime 15 then perhaps we will make it occur, however I wish to struggle in all probability two extra occasions this 12 months.”