UFC welterweight prospect Ian Garry recently had a chance to trainwith 170-pound champ, Leon Edwards, and it didn’t end well for him.
The 24-year-old is one of the most exciting prospects on the UFC roster after picking up three successive wins since joining the MMA leader in 2021.
Upon signing for the UFC, Garry moved to Florida and began training with Gilbert Burns and Michael Chandler at Kill Cliff FC, formerly known as Sandford MMA.
The Irishman was able to rub shoulders with some of the best fighters on the planet for a year without sustaining serious injuries, but was sent to hospital after a session with ‘Rocky’.
Edwards won the UFC welterweight title by knocking out Kamaru Usman with a fifth-round headbutt in August and now it looks like he landed the same blow on Garry.
Driving home from the hospital, Garry’s wife, Layla Machado, jovially pulled out a camera and began questioning her husband about what prompted him to seek medical attention.
“We went to the hospital this morning because for the past two days I have had excruciating pain that went from my face to my teeth,” he said.
“[The dentist] asked me what I did for a living. She said, ‘Do you do contact sports?’ ‘Nope.”
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After playfully scolding him for lying to the dentist, his wife pressured him to reveal exactly what caused his “excruciating” toothache, and apparently it’s all Edwards’ fault.
“There is no way to avoid telling the truth. It just doesn’t need to be said sometimes,” added Garry.
“Anyone watching the Leon Edwards-Usman fight? Anyone know how it happened? One of the best head kicks in the UFC. Yeah, I might have felt what that kick felt, Wednesday morning.
“So, yeah, Leon, I blame you for my fucking toothache.”
Garry last fought in July and is not expected to compete again this year after recently becoming a father for the first time.
It looks like he will return to the Octagon in 2023 once he has fully recovered from his fight with Edwards and has some much needed family time.
Meanwhile, Edwards must defend his belt against Usman in a highly anticipated trilogy fight set to take place at a UK stadium early next year.