Ian Garry is on a rocket to the top of UFC’s Welterweight rankings. And if you’re not fuel that will help him get there, then he’s not interested in fighting you.
That’s how “The Future” explained it to fellow 170-pound fighter, Joaquin Buckley, when “New Mansa” called him out again, this time in person. The exchange was caught on camera, and Garry uploaded it to his social accounts with the caption, “He’s on another planet ...”
He’s on another planet… pic.twitter.com/u88d6PSOvG— “The Future” Ian Machado Garry (@iangarryMMA) July 8, 2023
“You’re not ranked,” an animated Garry argued. “You were offered to fight a ranked guy. You didn’t. You said, ‘No.’ Then you start wanting to fight me. You’re in this now, right? I’m fighting No. 8 in the world, why would I look down when I’m going this way [up]?
“You should be calling me out,” he added. “Because I’m up there. That’s the right thing. But why would I go backwards when I’m trying to be the best in the world?”
“Because I got a name,” Buckley replied.
“That does not — I don’t give a f— if you got a name!” Garry yelled. “If your ranking’s not higher than mine? Nothing to do with me.”
Fortunately for Garry, there are some fighters out there still willing to accept fights down the rankings. Like his next opponent, No. 8-seeded Geoff Neal — who won’t improve his position much if he trounces the No. 13-ranked prospect. If ranked fighters only fought up, no one would ever fight. If you want to know what that looks like, just check out the Welterweight Top 5 situation.
After an up-and-down 5-4 run at Middleweight, Buckley returned to Welterweight for the first time since 2018 against Andre Fialho in May 2023. He won that fight via head kick knockout. It wasn’t quite as spectacular as the insane “Knockout of the Decade” spinning back kick he landed on Impa Kasanganay in 2020 that made him a name, but it looked awesome.
Here’s hoping Buckley uses this moment with Garry to fuel his fire as he works on his own climb up the 170-pound rankings. Because “The Future” is far from the only fighter thinking like this these days.
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