This Saturday night in the featured prelim of UFC 273, we will see one of the more hyped prospects in the promotion return. Ireland’s Ian Garry (8-0) will be making his second appearance inside the octagon when he takes on Darian Weeks (5-1).
Garry had a ton of hype behind him when he entered the octagon for the first time. The 24 year old is a massive welterweight, has sensational skills, and he trains at one of the best gyms in the world in Sanford MMA.
That being said, he faced adversity when he fought at UFC 268. He was cracked a few times by Jordan Williams but ultimately scored a first round knockout. He’s going to get tested again on Saturday night.
While all the talk is about Ian Garry, so many people are sleeping on Darian Weeks. Weeks made his UFC debut on extremely short-notice when he took on Bryan Barberena and lost a decision. However, he showed some solid skills and before that, he was 5-0 with five finishes.
UFC 273 Prediction
People who just focus on names and hype probably think this is going to be a layup for Ian Garry. However, this UFC 273 featured prelim is going to be a very competitive fight. I think many are going to be impressed with Darian Weeks.
Weeks has very crisp boxing and I think he’s going to attack the body early on. For Garry, he’s going to need to use his range and straight punches on this one. He needs to be more slick with his defense because Weeks can crack and he will find his chin.
We didn’t see the grappling of Ian Garry at UFC 268 and I think we might see him mix that in on Saturday. He’s got very good grappling and I could see him mixing that in which ultimately could open up more things with his hands.
I’m expecting a close battle that goes to the cards. Ian Garry will have the bigger moments and ultimately, The Takeover Part 2 will pick up his second straight win in the UFC.
Prediction: Ian Garry by Decision