UFC star Garry talks fatherhood, training with Edwards and 2023 plans

EXCLUSIVE: UFC star Ian Garry is targeting big things inside the octagon in 2023 after celebrating his first ‘special’ steps into fatherhood… and talks training with Leon Edwards and plans to link up with Israel Adesanya

  • UFC fighter Ian Garry has had a phenomenal rise throughout the past year 
  • Garry is currently on a three fight win-streak after joining the UFC in July 2021 
  • But he has spent time out of the octagon following the birth of his first child 
  • Now, he’s getting back in the gym and talks on the motivation fatherhood brings 

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for rising star Ian Garry and the Irish UFC fighter has no plans of letting up in 2023.

After recording three dominant UFC wins, the 25-year-old has taken the longest layoff from training in his entire career due to the birth of his son in October but insists it’s been ‘a very easy decision’ to make.

From his emphatic UFC win-streak, to his journey into fatherhood and his role in charity Gloves not Gunz, Garry talks to Sportsmail about what more to expect from one of the sport’s most promising talents.

Irish fighter Ian Garry has been rising through the UFC welterweight division the past year

Garry has taken the longest layoff from training in his entire career due to the birth of his son

Though it’s been a special time recently for Garry, he admits that with it has come sacrifice and is only now getting back to regular fight training.

‘It’s been the most time I’ve ever had off since I was five. I’ve been training my whole life, whether its running on the pitch playing football with the lads or in the boxing gym. I’ve always been there.

‘It wasn’t easy for me to be away but it was easy for me to be with my wife leading up to the birth of our child. It was a very easy decision that felt so right in my core. I’m so glad that I made that decision.

‘We were blessed to have a water birth and watching my little boy float up to the top of the water brought tears to my eyes. I was so emotional. It was a special feeling.’


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Garry made his UFC debut in 2021 but has gone on to have three wins already in his division

Many fighters draw inspiration from their family and Garry claims it’ll give him the ‘venom’ inside the octagon to defeat his opponents.

‘I don’t fight for anyone other than myself. However, having my family and my little boy, it makes me want to keep myself pretty and safe for him. I don’t want him to see his dad take a shot that I shouldn’t.

‘I suppose it will make me more clinical and cautious but with caution I will use my venom to pick my shot, go 110 per cent and try to put someone out so I can go home and cuddle my little boy and my wife.’

Back in the octagon, the welterweight fighter has been dusting off the cobwebs and what better way than training with the best talents in his division.

The 25-year-old was the Cage Warriors welterweight champion before joining the UFC

He’s recently spent time with Team Renegade and has been training with UFC champion Leon Edwards.

‘It was awesome. We did a five minute spar. We traded some good shots and had a good conversation afterwards,’ Garry said.

‘Standing there against the guy who’s the best in the world in my division, it’s a cool feeling. I’m just grateful to be in the position I am.’

‘I’ve messaged Israel Adesanya about going out to New Zealand and learning from him specifically, because he’s the most elite striker in the sport right now and it’d be stupid of me not to take advantage of that and learn from someone like him. It’s a blessing.’

Leon Edwards became the UFC welterweight champion in August after beating Kamaru Usman

Israel Adesanya was recently dethroned as the middleweight champion by Alex Pereira

With his preparations underway, Garry is looking to build on his three fight win-streak built over the last year and targets a bout at the start of 2023.

‘Probably March. I’d imagine a March return. I don’t want to rush my return, obviously I’ve taken a lot of time off. I’m slowly getting there, I’ve got a packed couple of weeks lined up.’

Garry was speaking after attending an event for Croydon youth charity Gloves Not Gunz. The UFC star put on an open training session for children and the area before later praising the initiative.

‘It was phenomenal, the turnout was amazing. The facilities that Glovez not Gunz offers are phenomenal and it’s the guys who run it need to be very proud of.

‘I was very proud to be a part of it. I want people to leave there thinking ‘woah that was a lot’. I want them to feel the energy that I have.’

He said he targets a return to the octagon in March after taking time away from the octagon 

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