UFC 292 loses major grudge match

UFC 292 is a heck of a card, even after one of it's most heated grudge matches fell off due to injury.

By: Tim Bissell | 2 months ago

UFC 292 is shaping up to be a very good card. The event, which is scheduled for August 19 in Boston, is headlined by UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling vs. Sean O’Malley. There’s also UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili vs. Amanda Lemos and the return of Chris Weidman (versus Brad Tavares).

UFC 292's Ian Machado Garry. IMAGO/ZUMA Wire
UFC 292’s Ian Machado Garry. IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

However, this week the card lost a big main card match-up, one with a lot of bad blood heading into it.

UFC 292 loses Garry vs. Neal

Aljamain Sterling and Sean O’Malley have engaged in plenty of smack talk over recent months, but their feud seems less intense than what was going on with Ian Machado Garry and Geoff Neal.

The Irish welterweight super prospect had been jawing back and forth with ‘Handz of Steel’ in the build-up to this one. Last month Garry started selling shirts featuring Neal’s mugshot on them. The mugshot stemmed from a driving and weapon offense Neal was arrested for in 2021. Neal responded to that antic with a simple “He’s dead” statement.

However, it seems all that back and forth was for naught because now their fight is off due to an undisclosed injury to Neal.

Garry took to Twitter to share the moment he found out about the situation.

During that clip Neal joked that this might be God giving him what he wanted, a fight with Octagon vet Neil Magny.

Garry’s wish fulfilled

Neil Magny has in fact stepped in to face Garry on short notice at UFC 292. Magny is one of the UFC’s longest tenured fighter with 30 bouts under his belt. He’s coming off a win over Phillip Rowe in June.

‘The Future’ Garry has reached 12-0 on his career thanks to a TKO win over Daniel Rodriguez in May. That followed a TKO win over Song Kenan in March.

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Tim Bissell
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Tim Bissell is a writer, editor and deputy site manager for Bloody Elbow. He has covered combat sports since 2015. Tim covers news and events and has also written longform and investigative pieces. Among Tim's specialties are the intersections between crime and combat sports. Tim has also covered head trauma, concussions and CTE in great detail.

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