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Ian Gary remains undefeated, decision-making wins over Darian weeks

Ian Gary and Darian Weeks, UFC 273 face-off Credit: Youtube / UFC

While Paddy Pemblet may get the lion’s share of the hype, many see Ian Garry as the real future amongst talented prospects from the UK and Ireland. From Dublin, like another notorious Irish superstar, “The Future” entered UFC 273 with a perfect 8-0 record, and looked to continue that success against Darian Weeks.

He’s had a tough weeks on his first UFC test, pairing up with Bryan Barberena in short order last year. This fight did not go his way.

Saturday’s return was not either. Both fighters took the position of the octagon after a touch of gloves. I missed a kick from weeks ago, and a powerful forehand kick landed my neighbor to start the fight. Low kick from my neighbor fell weeks. Weeks back and ate 1-2-1. Weeks left hand landed. On Gary who caught his eye, he shot weeks for removal; Gary defended but was placed against the fence. Just over two minutes left in the round, Gary reversed weeks and ran away. Gary landed kick and punch. With only seconds left, Gary hit a question mark kick and, soon after, weeks kick hit Gary. Both fighters missed straight rights, then Weeks put his opponent up against the fence. Gary ran away and the fight ended with a front kick from him.

Round two started with a low kick from weeks away, and Gary took a big hit. My right running meter almost fell to the left with 3:50 left. He grabbed Weeks with Gary again two minutes into the run and put him up against the fence. My neighbor got off the fence a little over two minutes ago to go for the ride. Gary landed straight left. Ninety seconds left in the fight, Gary landed 1-2, responding weeks with his own narrative. Forty seconds left, and weeks put my neighbor against the fence. Gary escaped with 10 seconds left on the clock, and the round ended with a flying knee from Gary.

The third round started with a push of weeks. Gary hit a forehand and then a 1-2 kick that caught the attention of weeks. Less than four minutes left in the fight, Gary defended a takedown. After a minute or so, Gary landed with a group of 1-2 high hits. Both fighters exchanged powerful punches for two minutes. Gary landed with his right hand in less than two minutes leading to a weeks-second drop, but recovered quickly. My neighbor put weeks against the fence a minute ago and some change remains. The fight ended with Gary weeks behind. Come to the scorecards, it was all Ian Garry who improved to 9-0.

That’s two straight victories for the Irish fighter inside the octagon, while Weeks dropped his first two fights in the UFC.

Official score: Ian Gary defeated. Darian Weeks by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

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