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Can Ryan Garcia's boxing skills translate to success in the UFC, or is he out of his depth?

After the NYSAC banned Ryan Garcia on account of his B-sample testing positive for a PED named Ostarine, the boxer from California eyed a route to the UFC. In fact, echoing UFC star Conor McGregor, the 25-year-old publicly asked for Dana White’s attention. On that note, after his recent loss at UFC 303, Featherweight fighter Dan Ige called ‘KingRy’ out for a battle in the cage. But, can Garcia fight in the UFC while the NYSAC ban stays active?

After the ban by the NYSAC, Garcia took to Twitter, and referring to McGregor’s “60 Gs baby” dialogue, said, “Dana I want my 50gs.” Along these lines, assuring he was serious, the boxer from California urged the UFC president to “hit me up.” Later after UFC 303, Dan Ige announced he was going to fight Ryan Garcia in a UFC match with “No takedowns.” But, will Garcia be able to take part in the fight?

Well, as soon as Ige called out ‘KingRy,’ the latter accepted the challenge, mentioning he did not “give a f**k.” In this connection, Dan Rafael clarified that Garcia has been “banned nationally for PED use.” In other words, there is “no chance” that ‘KingRy’ fights in the UFC with special rules now. Here is what Rafael added.

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Nevada commission will not license him. UFC couldn’t put him on if they wanted & he is under contract to Golden Boy anyway and I’m sure he is not permitted to engage in any combat sport without GB [Golden Boy] permission,” Rafael made it clear. However, a fan still wondered if Garcia could take part in MMA.

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To which Rafael explained, “He’s suspended by the NY State Athletic Commission, which means all commissions in the US from any combat sports participation.

So, as per Rafael’s explanation, although White thinks Garcia is innocent, exclusive of the ban imposed by the NYSAC, permission from Golden Boy Promotions is essential to Ryan Garcia fighting in the UFC. So what did the CEO of GBP, Oscar De La Hoya think of Garcia going to the UFC?

Oscar De La Hoya wanted to be on the undercard of Ryan Garcia’s UFC debut

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Before Dan Ige called out Ryan Garcia, the latter bantered with UFC Bantamweight champion, Sean O’Malley. Saying he was ready to “beat his [Sean’s] a**,” Garcia requested UFC President, Dana White to “cut me that real check.” On that note, since permission from Golden Boy Promotions was essential, Ariel Helwani asked about Oscar De La Hoya’s views on ‘KingRy’ joining the UFC. “I would actually entertain that,” Oscar De La Hoya had said.

Ryan can fight in the main event with this kid. And maybe I could do Dana on the co-main,” he had added humorously on The MMA Hour. However, regarding the recent call-out by Ige, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions has yet to break his silence. With that said, would you like to see Ryan Garcia in the UFC after the NYSAC lifts the ban? Let us know in the comments below. For more follow EssentiallySports!