Ian Machado Garry’s wife Layla responds to controversial comments from former UFC champion Sean Strickland

By Susan Cox - March 20, 2024

Ian Machado Garry’s wife Layla is responding to some controversial comments made by former UFC champion Sean Strickland.

Ian Machado Garry

The undefeated Garry (14-0 MMA) most recently triumphed over Geoff Neal (15-6 MMA) by split decision this past February at UFC 298. Since signing on with the UFC, ‘The Future’ has won all seven fights in the Octagon.

The Irishman has received random hate from the MMA community due to controversies surrounding his wife, Layla Machado, some of which can be directly attributed to Sean Strickland.

In an Instagram video, Layla seemingly has had enough and is setting the record straight, addressing and disputing the rumors and accusations surrounding her marriage to UFC welterweight contender Ian Machado Garry:


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“This tsunami of aggression towards the undefeated welterweight all exploded when former middleweight title holder and current multiple world bullshit title holder Sean Strickland read a clickbait headline but didn’t bother to fact check or read the whole article. Unsurprising gullible behavior, but why would we expect anything else?”

Continuing, Layla broke down the three biggest lies being told about her and the 26-year-old Ian Machado Garry:

“So let’s begin with lie number one: Ian took his wife’s ex husband’s surname. I can’t believe anyone would accept this to be true but the MMA community picked it up and ran a full marathon with it. In fact, some people are still running with it now, gripping on with sweaty trembling fingers in order to justify blatant trolling.”

“It’s not true. It never was true. Machado is my maiden name. We added our names together when we got married. It’s not that big a deal. Now that you know that it was a lie, you can kick yourself for believing it. Preferably in the face.”

Addressing lie number two, Layla continued:

“Lie number two: His wife’s ex lives with them. There’s a pattern here. A lot of the lies are about his wife. I’m so glad she’s finally clearing it up. No. No, (Ian Machado Garry) doesn’t. He never has. I find that a bit weird.”

As for lie number three, the 40-year-old shared:

“Lie number three: Ian is a cuck. Step back up, Sean Strickland, a man who’s unlikely to be okay with the Shakespearean English he unwittingly used when calling Ian a cuck. First penned in the story of Othello, the word cuckold refers to the fear of a man who’s been betrayed by his wife.”

Concluding, Layla spoke directly about Sean Strickland, and gave us a history lesson in Shakespeare in the process saying:

“Sean Strickland has been talking an awful lot about Ian Gary’s wife. I’ve been called a sexual predator, a pedophile, an abuser all by the man who alleges he suffered that exact abuse as a child growing up.”

“In the Shakespearean classic, Iago tells Othello about Desdemona’s adultery and he blindly believes the rumors. It’s serendipity and not merely coincidental that Iago was lying. There was no truth to the story at all. Othello, like the crowd at UFC 298, was cruelly misled by Iago’s jealousy and insecurities.”

“Othello was never the cuckold he was called. His wife was never an adulteress. And notably, when the lies were exposed, Iago was taken away to be tortured and killed. Thank you, Shakespeare.”

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