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The Future is notoriously hard to predict – but you don't have to be 'Mystic Mac' to know Ian Garry is destined for greatness.
Don't believe me? Just ask him, because the Irishman has been true to his word so far in his fledgling career and it is unlikely anyone is going to make a liar out of him soon.
The 23-year-old, nicknamed 'The Future', took the next step to the top when he won the vacant Cage Warriors welterweight title last month in just the seventh fight of his undefeated pro career.
A call-up from UFC president Dana White can't be far off, while comparisons to fellow Dubliner Conor McGregor, famed, among many things, for his fight predictions, is not just hyperbole.
The ultra-confident Garry said: “If the UFC are going to sign me, then brilliant, amazing. Ball's in their court. They will have watched my performances, they will know who I am.
“So if I am going to get signed, then great – I look forward to my debut.
“But I think I can beat 80 per cent of the current UFC welterweights right now, even before I have stepped foot in the octagon.
“I am just different, my mentality is different. My self-belief makes me feel bulletproof. “Nothing will stop me doing what I am going to do. People can try their hardest, they can throw everything at me and I am still going to be there and I am still going to win.”
Nobody has done more to popularise the sport than McGregor, with 'The Notorious' back in the octagon this weekend for a trilogy clash with Dustin Poirier.
Garry is happy to follow in his footsteps, perhaps even going a stride further one day, adding: “Does it bother me being compared to someone who changed MMA, who brought more eyes to the sport than anyone else? If anything, it is probably the biggest compliment I could get. If that keeps happening my entire career, then great.
“However, I am hoping that one day there will be a change and that people will say, 'Ian Garry is the best, this fighter looks like the next Ian Garry'. That is success to me.
“But I am a massive Conor fan. He is the reason I am where I am.
“I was a kid from Dublin and I was watching this guy talk a load of s**t and go in the cage and back it up – do everything he said he was going to do.”
Garry dominated all five rounds against Jack Grant to claim the CW 170lb crown at London's York Hall, the first title of what he believes will be a hall-of-fame-worthy career.
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He said: “I went in and put on the performance of a lifetime. I am 7-0, I am a world champion, I am 23 years of age, and I am absolutely beautiful!
“For me, the future is the future. The future is time and time is inevitable – and so am I.”
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- Conor Mcgregor
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