Ian Garry extended his undefeated record to 11-0 at UFC 285 on Saturday night after earning a TKO victory over Song Kenan, and then almost found himself another fight soon afterwards when a fan confronted him in the bowels of the T-Mobile Arena.
“This f—king loser,” Garry recalled on The MMA Hour. “I’m stood there with my whole team. I’m stood there with about eight, nine people and [UFC fan] Grandma Khabib came up to me and was like, ‘Hey, Ian! Can I have a photo?’ And I was like, ‘Of course you can!’ So we start talking and chatting…and while I’m chatting with her, I just hear this guy shouting and screaming, coming through where all the cars were. And he’s like, ‘Bro, that’s the easiest f—king [$50,000] I’ve ever made in my life! I’m f—king awesome!’ He’s just screaming and shouting, and I don’t know if he’s off his face or what he’s doing, but then he just bumped into me. And I just turned around to him and went, ‘Hey, relax.’ And he goes, ‘Or what?’ And I just laugh. I just start laughing and I look at him like, ‘Sorry?’
“And he’s like, ‘Or what? I’m a fighter! I do this s—t!’ And I said, ‘Oh really? Really? You do this s—t?,’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, you don’t want any of this smoke!’ And then his fat little mate stood there in his f—king pink blazer going, ‘Yeah, you don’t want any of this!’ And I’m like, Ha!’.”
Luckily for the clownshoe, the 6ft 3″ former Cage Warriors welterweight champion took the high road and opted not to add him to his growing list of knockout victories.
“I’ve never been in a fight outside of the Octagon because I’m too smart. But it took everything in me, with the way he was eyeballing me, not to go at him. It was like he wanted to kill me with the way he looked at me, and I was like, I’m going to put you unconscious if you take one step forward. One step forward or say one more word, I’m going to end you. But I had to keep my cool because I’m a professional athlete. It would be a bad rap for the sport and everything. So it’s like, just stand there, look him in the eyes, if he wants to d—k measure with me, fine. At the end of the day, there’s no way he’s going to win, so leave him be. I’m sure he went off and had a great night.”
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— betr ⚡️Combat (@betrcombat) March 5, 2023