“Ian Is Just Too Smart…”: Israel Adesanya Heaps Praises on Conor McGregor’s Compatriot Ian Garry Ahead of His Fight at UFC 292

Published 08/18/2023, 8:52 AM EDT

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UFC 292 is just around the corner and fans simply can’t wait to watch the action unfold. Amid all the buzz around the PPV, MMA gurus, and fellow UFC fighters have already started weighing in on the slated fights for UFC’s PPV this weekend, in Boston. While the Bantamweight title clash between Sean O’Malley and division champ Aljamain Sterling takes center stage, there is another draw that is hyping up the community like anything. 

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Guess what? We’re talking about Conor McGregor’s compatriot Ian ‘Machado’ Garry’s clash with #11 Welterweight Neil Magny. ‘Machado’s recent press-conference antics have already struck a chord with fans. But there’s one particular UFC champ who is also interested in this clash. UFC’s ‘Stylebender’ Israel Adesanya has now come forward with his predictions of this welterweight bout – and it’s not what you think! But what does ‘Izzy’ have to say about Garry’s chances in the fight? Let’s hear it from the ‘Stylebender’ himself!

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Taking to his FREESTYLEBENDER podcast, the Middleweight champ weighed in on the promising UFC 292 PPV. While ‘Izzy’ confessed that he loves “watching Sean O’Malley fight,” he also gave his two cents on the Welterweight clash. Responding to a question about Ian Garry, Adesanya’s appreciation for the fighter’s spirit and approach was evident.

Garry’s unique take on sharing his life like a “reality show” on Instagram intrigued ‘Izzy’, who lauded the #13 welterweight for opening up to his fans. Acknowledging ‘Machado’s appeal, the ‘Stylebender’ added, “I like his spirit. I like what he brings to the UFC. The way he’s kind of done it like a reality show of his life on Instagram – which I find cool. Like – he’s able to just let people in like that. And he’s just got that spirit and people want to watch him and he’s slick…

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As ‘Izzy’ looked ahead to the Welterweight bout, he analyzed the potential dynamics of the fight. He anticipated, “It’s going to be a standard fight in the beginning. But I see Neil trying to get a hold of him first, maybe just to slow him down or after he feels Ian’s speed.” He shed light on the contrasting attributes of the two fighters, with the focus on Garry’s swiftness and Magny’s durability as key factors.

Israel Adesanya has an intriguing take on Ian Garry’s chances at UFC 292

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The Kiwi predicted the fight’s trajectory, professing the strategic aspects that could shape the outcome. He foresaw Garry’s ability to adapt on the fly, highlighting his intelligence and versatility. Likewise, ‘Izzy’ declared, “Ian is just too smart. Ian knows how to like – rethink on the fly as well. He’s just that dude like you just know when someone’s just like – ‘That guy!’ Yeah – I call it the Goku spirit. Only certain people have it…”

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Moreover, as the conversation reached its conclusion, Adesanya firmly declared his prediction. The Stylebender placed his bets on ‘Machado,’ concluding, “Anyways, in this fight – I’m going to go with Ian – Ian Garry.” It’s clear that in the battle between Garry and Magny, Adesanya’s allegiance lay with Garry.

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As UFC 292 inches closer, Israel Adesanya’s analysis offers a fresh perspective on the welterweight clash between Ian Garry and Neil Magny. ‘Izzy’s insights shine a spotlight on Garry’s spirit and skill, further fueling the excitement surrounding the upcoming event. But will ‘Machado’ be able to live up to his hype? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!

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