Garry suffered a tough first round against his opponent Jordan Williams but landed a right hand in the closing moments to bag himself the win on his UFC debut
Top prospect Ian Garry rallied after a tough first round to knockout Jordan Williams in his promotional debut at UFC 268.
Garry entered his UFC debut with a record of a 7-0 and having previously held the Cage Warriors welterweight title.
But it wasn’t the start the Irishman hoped for in the first round, being put on the backfoot as Williams landed some good punches that caught his attention.
Williams’ success would continue for the remainder of the round, wearing down Garry against the fence as he sported a bloody nose courtesy of the American’s punches.
But in the final ten seconds, Williams overextended after throwing a punch and Garry pulled back to land a perfect right hand and score the walk-off knockout.
The fight was stopped with just one second remaining in the round.
Garry improved his unbeaten run to eight professional fights with the win.
He praised Williams, who was a massive underdog in the fight, for giving him a tough fight.
“I just wanna say that was some hell of a knockout, but Jordan put up a great fight for the first round,” he said in his post-fight interview.
“For the first time in my life I felt a little bit of nerves, a little bit weird.
“23. Making my UFC debut at MSG. It doesn’t get bigger than this, we just shocked the world! The Irish are back baby.”
Longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan then asked Garry if the magnitude of fighting at Madison Square Garden affected him, of which he admitted it did.
“Course it did (feel different). It’s the biggest stage on the planet for a fighter. I’m fighting at the most historic venue in the world,” he continued.
“McGregor, Ali, Mayweather, Pacquiao. Everybody’s fought here, and now Ian Garry’s fought here.”
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Barry became the youngest Irish fighter to pick up a UFC win, being two years the younger ofwhen the UFC star made his debut in 2013.
And he paid homage to McGregor by referencing the former two-weight world champion’s iconic speech after UFC Dublin in 2014.
“A wise Irishman once said before mate, he stepped in this very cage and he said, we’re not here to take part we’re here to takeover, and this is the takeover part two,” he said.
McGregor was quick to catch on to the result of Garry’s fight and congratulate him on the win.
“You little f***** daisy Ian! The step back, back paw an all ahahahaja just absolutely incredible! Congrats Ian Garry,” he wrote on.