Everything you need to know about mixed martial artist and UFC welterweight star Ian Garry.
|17th November 1997
|Deerfield Beach, Florida
|Mixed Martial Artist
|6-0 (3 KOs)
|13-0 (7 KOs)
Ian Garry took up boxing at the age of ten but could not have imagined where his journey was to take him as he has risen up the UFC welterweight ranks to now stand number ten in the list with an unbeaten professional record.
Like many Irish fighters, he would be attracted to mixed martial arts after following the exploits of Conor McGregor as he took UFC by storm and rose to become Ireland’s most recognisable sporting figure.
Garry’s interest grew and he took up judo in an attempt to increase his skill set and it stood him in good stead as he was awarded his black belt aged 18.
Within a year he had embarked on his amateur career and then turned professional at 21.
Garry enjoyed some decent results in amateur bouts, winning six of his seven fights whilst suffering a defeat on points in the other, but it was in the Cage Warriors series when he started to make people truly take notice.
He won his first professional fight via a unanimous decision against James Sheehan in Liverpool, and with the bout being awarded the Fight of the Night Award, he gained the prize of a contract with the promotion.
Garry settled to win his next four fights and that set up a bout with former UFC fighter Rostem Ahman, which Garry won inside eight minutes, and that gave him the opportunity to take on Jack Grant for the Cage Warriors Welterweight Championship, a fight he won by unanimous decision to take the title.
However, it was one that he was not to defend as just a few weeks later he announced he was signing a contract to take the step up to the UFC.
Within a few months Garry was making his promotional debut and he announced himself in style in New York by knocking out Jordan Williams in the first round.
Decision wins over Darian Weeks and Gabriel Green followed, before he showed his powers of recovery by bouncing back from a first-round knockdown against Song Kenan to claim a third-round technical knockout.
He built on this triumph by earning the performance of the night award when beating Daniel Rodgriguez in Charlotte, and he was last in action in August when he won by decision against Neil Magny in Boston.
Garry is due to put his unbeaten record on the line at UFC 296 on the night of Saturday 16th December in Las Vegas when he takes on the experienced Vicente Luque in Las Vegas.
The Irishman is 2/5 to come out on top against Luque who had his first professional fight in 2009, which was one of his opening 12 bouts that all took place in Brazil.
He fights out of Florida and has won five of his last seven fights, the latest of which was a victory over Rafael dos Anjos, and the fighter who boasts a 22-9-1 record is eighth in the UFC welterweight rankings.
The fight takes place on the same bill as welterweight champion Leon Edwards’ bout with third-ranked Colby Covington, who is 1/1 to come out on top while Edwards is .
According to reports, Ian Garry has a new worth of around $1million
Like all UFC cards, UFC 296 will be televised in the UK on TNT Sports, who hold the exclusive TV rights
Garry previously trained at Team KF in Dublin while a Cage Warriors fighter, but left for Florida in 2021 following a split with Chris Fields.
He now trains out of the Kill Cliff Fight Club in Deerfield Beach in Florida, where he works alongside a host of fellow fighters including Michael Chandler and Gilbert Burns.
Henri Hooft, Jason Strout and Greg Jones were in his corner for his last fight against Neil Magny.