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Michael Web page: Ian Machado Garry will get killed by Leon Edwards, Shavkat Rakhmonov

Michael Page may have fallen short against Ian Machado Garry at UFC 303, but that doesn’t mean he came away impressed by what he saw from the cocksure Irishman. Page dropped a hard-fought unanimous decision at the June 29 pay-per-view, outclassing Garry on the feet but ultimately losing two rounds on the scorecards after succumbing

Michael Web page: Ian Machado Garry will get killed by Leon Edwards, Shavkat Rakhmonov

Michael Page could have fallen quick towards Ian Machado Garry at UFC 303, however that doesn’t imply he got here away impressed by what he noticed from the cocksure Irishman.

Web page dropped a hard-fought unanimous resolution on the June 29 pay-per-view, outclassing Garry on the ft however in the end shedding two rounds on the scorecards after succumbing to Garry’s grappling-heavy sport plan. Afterward, UFC CEO Dana White publicly said that the bout felt like a draw, much to Garry’s chagrin. However even regardless of the setback, Web page’s takeaway was unequivocal when requested Wednesday on The MMA Hour whether or not Garry is championship martial within the talent-rich UFC welterweight division.

“Not all. No,” Web page stated. “As a result of if that’s the sport you’re going to go [to] if you get a good striker, then Leon [Edwards] goes to kill you anyway, then Shavkat [Rakhmonov] goes to kill you anyway. There’s a couple of guys in there that I simply don’t see him surpassing.

“Even in a few of the areas, he didn’t really feel massively sturdy. I’m not even attempting to be disrespectful to him, as a result of once more, he’s completed his job, he was good about how he type of glided by it. However for me, regardless, this sport for me is about fight. It’s about combating. Not about stealing wins. Even like I stated, that final spherical, I didn’t essentially want to face up or must let him arise. I may’ve stayed there and simply dragged it out and probably obtained a greater rating within the third spherical and possibly that might’ve swayed it, however that’s not the sport I’m in. I’m in a fight sport. Like, I wish to trigger harm, I wish to damage individuals.

“So yeah, I don’t see him progressing to the highest. I believe he’s gifted. I believe he’ll at all times be round there, prime 10, prime 5. After which he’ll hold shedding out to sure individuals. However he’s nonetheless gifted, and clearly he’s obtained a a great deal of time to progress and get higher anyway.”

Web page, 37, is now 1-1 in his temporary UFC profession after scoring a blowout win over Kevin Holland in his promotional debut. His efficiency towards Garry additional confirmed that Web page’s distinctive model of placing presents issues for any contender within the UFC welterweight division, however he nonetheless stays upset in himself for the consequence. Web page stated he hasn’t but watched the battle again, however he is aware of he’s going to be pissed off as soon as he does.

“I’m powerful on myself. I believe there’s a number of errors that I made,” Web page stated.

“I simply wasn’t fairly myself in there. For me, it simply motivated me a bit extra. Clearly, precisely what I stated was going to occur occurred. As a lot as Ian stated he’s this degree of a striker, he’s this quick, he didn’t wish to strike with me. And I inform individuals the identical factor on a regular basis, after I’m bouncing round in entrance of you, it’s a really totally different sport, and he went for a distinct plan. Once more, there’s a pair choices throughout the battle that I may’ve made and completed higher to possibly scrape the consequence, however that’s simply not me.

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“I want to go and get a giant end and I needed to knock him out. So yeah, I’ve obtained quite a bit to regulate and adapt to, however I’m tremendous motivated to get again. Tremendous motivated.”

One of many large storylines to emerge from UFC 303 battle week was Garry’s accusation that an unnamed member of Web page’s workforce supplied $10,000 to a teammate of Garry’s at Chute Boxe for info on Garry’s preparation and sport plan. Garry has continued to hammer that accusation within the aftermath of the bout, even calling for Web page and his coaches to be “suspended for all times” from MMA.

Web page stated he stays unclear about what Garry is talking of.

“If someone in my camp tried to [do that], no, I haven’t been instructed something,” Web page stated.

“A hundred percent [it’d bother me if it was real], as a result of I don’t want it. I don’t really feel like I want it, particularly for him. And once more, I’m attempting to not be disrespectful to him, as a result of it’s not private in any respect, however I don’t really feel like I wanted to get any additional info to do what I do know I can do — or ought to’ve completed, ought to I say — in that final battle.”

Web page stated he’s at the moment on trip however is already itching to get again into the fitness center. He’s unhurt from the bout and totally expects to compete at the very least yet another time in 2024, and he’s pleased to check his expertise towards any 170-pound contender UFC desires to throw at him.

“I simply must get again within the successful column and in true ‘MVP’ style,” Web page stated. “I nonetheless really feel like I haven’t really confirmed myself within the UFC cage.”

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