Ian Machado Garry earned a split decision victory over Geoff Neal at UFC 298 after months of controversy surrounding the Irishman.
Muchado Garry beat Neal 30-27, 28-29, 30-27 on the scorecards before unleashing a verbal attack on his critics while appearing to accept the role of villain.
He was booed throughout the night and after the fight, criticizing Colby Covington after the fight, claiming he had retired the 35-year-old due to his criticism of his wife, Layla.
Machado Garry had threatened to “beat up Sean Strickland” for calling his wife a “pedophile,” among other insults, while Covington had called him a “vile lady” and a “whore.”
However, after defeating Neal, Machaco Garry took the microphone to address the American fans and booers in attendance.
Ian Machado Garry earned a split decision victory over Geoff Neal at UFC 298 after months of controversy.
He beat his opponent 30-27, 28-29, 30-27 in what was ultimately a very close contest.
Muchado Garry and his wife Layla (right) have been the topic of conversation in the MMA world for several months.
“I’m undefeated, winning, keep talking, you’re looking at me,” he told Joe Rogan. ‘Geoff hits hard and you have to respect him, he is a warrior and he knew that he would have to hit for 15 minutes because he is very dangerous.
“I want Colby Covington next, he’s on a three-fight skid and I want to retire him, you’re not ready to deal with this speed and I’ll make you regret everything you’ve said.”
“I was a kid watching this and I’m living the dream of being a world champion, whether you like it or not.”
Machado Garry, 26, and his relationship with his wife Layla, 40, have been in the spotlight for several months, with people like Strickland spreading misinformation and encouraging online trolls.
Some fans online had claimed that the Machado Garrys were living with Layla’s ex-husband, Richard Cullen.
She quickly debunked him and now her UFC star husband, who fights this Saturday night in Anaheim, has fully explained the deal, which will hire him as a nutritionist.
He told Shakiel Mahjouri: “The main reason behind my wife’s ex-husband is that he is a high-performance nutritionist and he is fucking good at what he does, to the point where every UFC weight cut has been easier and easier.” “. .
‘We have worked phenomenally together and I am very proud of the work we have done. In that same sense, he is a professional in a sense, he is also the father of my wife’s son and I never want to be a wedge between a father and a son.’
The relationship had previously been put in the spotlight after it emerged that Layla had written a short satirical book called ‘How to be a WAG’ more than 10 years ago.
Machado Garry (right) hired Layla’s (left) ex-husband (center) to be their nutritionist and travel the world with them
Cullen (left) was described as “really fucking good at what he does” by Machado Garry
Muchado Garry showed slick moves and sharp kicks early in the fight, but Neal forced him back at times.
The crowd was frustrated in the final round when he walked away from a direct altercation, but, after hitting a perfect knee, backed the decision victory heading his way.
Muchado Garry’s UFC record now stands at 14 wins in 14 matches as he looks to continue climbing the roster.