MMA fighters take aim at Ian Machado Garry following his UFC 296 withdrawal

By Harry Kettle - December 15, 2023

A string of mixed martial artists have given their thoughts on Ian Machado Garry pulling out of UFC 296.

Ian Machado Garry

It goes without saying that it’s been a tough few weeks for Ian Machado Garry. The Irishman has faced a lot of criticism online, both personally and professionally. Some of it has been in relation to his wife, with others bringing up the fact that he’s been reportedly kicked out of a few different gyms now. Either way, it’s been rough, and things have seemingly gotten worse during fight week.

On Wednesday night, it was revealed that Machado Garry had pulled out of his UFC 296 fight against Vicente Luque. He made the following statement to Ariel Helwani.

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“I have pneumonia. They tried everything to help me. In the end, UFC doctor said there’s no chance I can fight. The UFC doctor made the call. This annoys me more than anyone. I want to fight. It’s my favorite thing to do.”

Now, through the magic of social media, fighters have given their own thoughts on the 26-year-old being unable to compete.

Machado Garry’s struggles

Regardless of what you believe, it’ll be interesting to see how Ian bounces back from this. Plenty of fighters have had to go through the fire of public opinion, and a lot of them have been able to make it out the other side. In equal measure, Machado Garry has been tipped as the future of the welterweight division, and there’s a lot of pressure on his shoulders to live up to that.

Do you believe Ian Machado Garry will be able to rebound and win his next fight? What are your thoughts on the situation as a whole? Let us know, BJPENN Nation!


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