Ian Machado Garry confirms plans to “retire” Colby Covington after UFC 298: “There’s only one choice”

By Harry Kettle - February 17, 2024

UFC star Ian Machado Garry has made it clear that he wants to retire Colby Covington if he gets past Geoff Neal.

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This weekend, Ian Machado Garry faces his toughest test to date when he battles Geoff Neal. In the eyes of many, this serves as a really good insight into where he’s at in the welterweight division.

For the Irishman, it gives him the chance to silence a lot of his doubters – or, at least, give them something else to talk about.

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One man who has been pretty critical of the youngster is Colby Covington. In a recent interview, Machado Garry made it known that he’s very interested in squaring off with the American.

Machado Garry’s big plan

“I want to beat Geoff Neal in spectacular fashion this weekend, then I’m going to fight Colby Covington, and I’m going to retire him, and I’m going to rid the clown from the UFC,” Garry said at Wednesday’s UFC 298 media day. “Then I’ll take someone (ranked) three, two or one in the world, I’ll beat them, and I’ll earn my title shot next year.”

“I think he (Covington) has no other choice,” Garry said. “When I beat Geoff Neal on Saturday, there’s only one choice, and it’s what I say.”

“I’ll still talk sh*t, that’s the person I am,” Garry said. “I’ll talk sh*t. You want to clap at me, I’ll clap back. That’s how I’ve grown up. That’s the way me and my friends grew up, but there’s a line. There’s a line on what you say and what you do, and it’s not trash to call my wife a pedophile or say my kid isn’t even mine.

“That’s not trash talk, that’s abuse. That’s horrible, and no person on the planet deserves that. I feel like we’ve seen it recently, and the two main culprits are f*cking Colby and Sean Strickland. Colby bringing up Leon (Edwards’) dad and Sean just being negative toward every single person possible. It shows a very dark age in MMA, and this is not what the sport’s about.”

Quotes via MMA Junkie

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