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Rejected! Dana White reveals Stephen Thompson turned down Ian Garry following UFC 292 callout

Well, that was quick.

Ian Garry picked up the biggest win of his career at UFC 292 last night (Sat., Aug. 19, 2023), decimating Neil Magny for three rounds en route to a lopsided unanimous decision from inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachuessetts. Just how lopsided? “The Future” scored a ridiculous 30-24 scorecard for his vicious leg kicks against one of the toughest outs in UFC’s Welterweight division.

It’s worth noting it was on short notice, but even still, Garry looked to be in truly fantastic form. After his big win, Garry informed Joe Rogan that he wants to challenge himself against UFC’s best 170-pound striker: Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

“This breaks me into the UFC Top 10,” Garry said. “I’m 25 years of age. I’m telling you now — I need to prove myself as the best striker the division has ever seen.... To be the best striker in the world, you need to beat the best strikers, and everyone has Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson on that list. So, give me Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, whenever, wherever, for five rounds, and I will prove to you I’m the generation of striker.”

Unfortunately, it looks like Garry will not be fighting “Wonderboy” next.

Indeed, during UFC 292’s post-fight press conference (watch it here), UFC President, Dana White, revealed that the former Welterweight title challenger had already rejected a fight against Garry.

“‘Wonderboy’ turned down the fight tonight,” White told the media. “We make fights, man. That’s what we do.”

It looks like that is one fight UFC won’t make ... for now; however, who knows if this is just a negotiation tactic that the promotion is famous for because “Wonderboy” is currently in the doghouse for refusing to fight Michel Pereira at UFC 291 last month.

And he still didn’t get paid for making weight.

For complete UFC 292 results, coverage and highlights, click HERE.

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