Undefeated UFC welterweight prospect Ian Machado Garry has put forward a justification for his spat with Neil Magny. According to the Irishman, he did not cross the line with his words or actions. Instead, the rising sensation blames Magny for the consequences his fellow welterweight has faced following the mudslinging between the two men.
For those unaware, the controversy dates back to the pre-fight conference of their clash at UFC 292. A veteran of the sport, Magny isn’t known for his trash talk. However, unlike his regular calm demeanor, the fighter made a remark that garnered severe criticism: “I’m going to put a beating on him like I put a beating on my son when he misbehaves.”
In response, Garry fired back at the fighter, following the win in a very disrespectful way. However, this didn’t end there. Recently, “The Future” made a public appearance in a T-shirt featuring his former opponent’s mugshot. This action has once again put the Irish fighter on the receiving end of criticism in the MMA community. But what does the fighter have to say in his defense?
Ian Machado Garry Opens Up on His Beef With Neil Magny
In his recent interview with MMAFighting, Ian Machado Garry has put forward a defense of his antics and words against Neil Magny. Justifying his attire, the Irishman said, “Geoff Neal, there is no f****** argument; Geoff Neal f***** up in his lifetime and got a mugshot.” Furthermore, the fighter claimed that he is going to keep doing this. “I’m absolutely going to sit there and hound you about that,” said Garry.
This comes after Magny’s recent interview with Sportskeeda. During the said interview, the welterweight shared his side of the story. According to him, his 26-year-old opponent misquoted his words. For anybody wondering, Garry chastised ‘The Haitian Sensation’ for beating his children following the 36-year-old’s “beating on my son” comment. If Magny is to be believed, this action led to the matters going to court, almost costing him the custody of his children.
In response to this accusation, Garry responded, “When I hear a grown man sit there and say he’s gotten accustomed to whooping that ass, or that kind of ass-whooping, and he’s got a 3-year-old at home, Neil, you’ve just done yourself in.” Thus, claiming that he was just quoting him. “I’m absolutely going to sit there and hound you about that. Because it’s your words, your actions. I’m just putting them out there for the world in a different way,” Garry further added.
How Much Is “Too Much” Trash Talk?
At this point, trash-talking has essentially become part of combat sports. During the golden era of boxing, Muhammad Ali outsold the arenas with his poetic words. In more recent times, Garry’s compatriot, Conor McGregor, carved out a name for himself with his words. But all this mudslinging has once sparked the debate of where the limit lies.
No doubt, trash-talking is one of the best ways to hype up a matchup. But time and time again, athletes seem to have raised brows with their words and antics. In the earlier part of the century, boxing legend Mike Tyson made headlines with his infamous “eat your children” threat. Very recently, some of the ugliest trash talk was witnessed between Dillon Danis and Logan Paul leading up to their boxing match.
And the latest of all, the fiasco between Neil Magny and Ian Machado Garry. All these incidents illuminate a need for the combat sports community to introspect on the concern, especially after Magny’s claim that Garry’s words affected his personal life. In his own words: “There were screenshots being taken and put into apps and things like that…that would be admissible in court where I’m literally fighting for custody of my children.”
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