Ian Machado Garry said he was going to ‘steal the show’ and ‘piece up’ Daniel Rodriguez at UFC on ABC 4 this past Saturday — and he did exactly that. In his toughest UFC test thus far, the ‘Future’ sent Rodriguez crashing to the canvas with a head kick. Machado Garry followed and started punching a now-turtled ‘D-Rod’ until referee Dan Miragliotta waved off the fight.
Ian Machado Garry wants another top 15 name after UFC on ABC 4
Now on his fifth straight UFC win, Machado Garry said in his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier that he was ready to go after the upper echelon of the UFC welterweight division. He set his sights on who he dubbed the ‘gatekeeper’ of the division.
“I want the guy who’s been known as the gatekeeper for the top ten for God knows how long,” said Machado Garry. “His name is Neil Magny. I want you next. I’m going to knock you out, I’m going to take my throne in the top ten, and I’m going to work my way to my six-fight streak to get that belt.
“UFC, you have a new star in town,” continued Machado Garry.
Magny has his next UFC assignment scheduled — against Phil Rowe at UFC on ABC 5 — but perhaps with a win, the promotion can set up Machado Garry vs. the ‘Haitian Sensation’ in the near future.
As for Rodriguez, that was the first time he suffered a loss via knockout in his career. The Los Angeles native fell to 1-2 in his past three UFC appearances.
Check out the Machado Garry vs. Rodriguez highlights here:
Dana White impressed by ‘awesome’ Ian Machado Garry
UFC president Dana White agreed with Machado Garry that the promotion has a ‘new star’ in the Irishman. During his post-fight press conference, White was impressed with his performance and continued confidence during his rise.
“He looked awesome tonight,” said White. “Obviously, he fought a guy who is very durable, dangerous, and a prospect in his own right. I mean, that’s why we build these types of cards, especially the main events. He looked awesome tonight. He’s super confident, and that kid’s ready to take over the world. Came back and talked to him tonight, and he’s down for whatever, whenever, wherever. He’s fun.
“You know what he said to us tonight? He said, ‘I want to beat all the top guys in the top 10. I want to beat all the guys in the top 5. I want to make sure there’s no doubt or question that when I fight for the title that people know I deserve it.’ That’s a fun guy. He’s fun. We have the Irish guy blueprint around here. So, we’ll probably take him to Boston, or [Madison Square Garden] MSG, and then eventually Ireland if he keeps doing what he’s doing.”
For his efforts, White awarded Machado Garry a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus, his first since joining the promotion nearly two years ago.
Full UFC on ABC 4 Results:
Jailton Almeida def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:43 of Round 1
Johnny Walker def. Anthony Smith by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Ian Machado Garry def. Daniel Rodriguez by TKO (head-kick and punches) at 2:57 of Round 1
Carlos Ulberg def. Ihor Potieria by TKO (punches) at 2:09 of Round 1
Alex Morono def. Tim Means by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:09 of Round 2
Matt Brown def. Court McGee by knockout (punch) at 4:09 of Round 1
Karl Williams def. Chase Sherman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Cody Stamann by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Mandy Bohm def. Ji Yeon Kim by split decision (28-27, 27-28, 28-27)
Bryan Battle def. Gabe Green by knockout (punch) at 0:14 of Round 1
Tainara Lisboa def. Jessica-Rose Clark by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:20 of Round 3
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