Ian ‘The Future’ Garry is quite possibly the most up and coming prospect across the whole of mixed martial arts.
Training out of Team KF in Swords, Dublin, Ian is learning from some of the best in the sport, as he is coached by the former Cage Warriors middleweight champion, Chris Fields.
Additionally, the former Cage Warriors middleweight champion James Webb and Ireland’s first MMA world champion Aisling Daly, are regular training partners for the young Irishman.
At just 22-years-old he holds an undefeated professional record of 3-0 and has two fights scheduled for early 2020.
Garry’s name has been announced for Cage Warriors London, on March the 20th and Cage Warriors Belfast on May the 16th.
However, the biggest problem? No one wants to fight him!
Ian claims to have been rejected by multiple unnamed competitors at Cage Warriors and this is speculated to be largely down to his skill and power at such a young age.
‘The Future’ is looking to secure a spot on the recently announced UFC Dublin card on August the 15th and it is hard to argue with him.
There appears a lack of Irish talent in the UFC at the moment, despite the Irish MMA scene oozing with class.
At Cage Warriors 110, the owner of the promotion, Graham Boylan, made comparisons between the young star and none other than ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor.
Considering Boylan and match-maker Ian Dean helped bring McGregor onto the UFC’s radar, a comparison like such will be something well received from the young Irishman.
Cage Warriors recently announced that Jai Herbert has signed with the UFC, becoming the 96th fighter to make the move across.
Since the announcement of the Dublin card on August 15th, many have questioned which home-grown talent the UFC will look to secure on the Irish card.
Names such as Rhys Mckee, James Webb and Joe McColgan have all been chucked into the mix of fighters that the UFC are likely to sign.
This would line up the stars for Ian to become the 100th fighter to make the move across, which adds that little bit more poetry to his rise in the world of MMA.
Ian claims he is not lacking in skill, hunger to fight and most of all confidence. With comparisons to the pioneer of modern day MMA from the man who helped find him, it is clear to see why Garry has such a hype around his name.
The young man can certainly talk the talk, but his fights in March and May will see if he can back it up and walk the walk.
Take a look at the full interview below from our reporter Jake Jones (@JakeJonesMMA).