Ian Machado Garry reveals his UFC 296 withdrawl.
Garry (13-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) was pulled by doctors from his Dec. 16 welterweight matchup vs. Vicente Luque after falling ill with pneumonia. Garry received a lot of criticism for not showing up at media day during fight week.
It didn’t take long for Garry to get his next fight rebooked. The undefeated 26-year-old will instead have his previously scrapped bout against Geoff Neal (15-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) rescheduled when the pair throw down at UFC 298 on Feb. 17 in Anaheim, Calif. Garry took to Instagram to share a message with his fans – and his haters.
“Fight week didn’t go as planned. As I lost weight, the influenza turned into pneumonia and I was pulled for the first time by the UFC Doctor. As I flew home, I met many fans who had flown out to see me. F*ck. It’s not the way I wanted to meet with you. I wanted more than anything to put on a performance. You all were so kind and thoughtful. Thank you. You might read hateful comments online but I’ve discovered they aren’t real. You book flights and hotels, drive miles, then you arrive in Vegas. I want to thank everyone for their support.