Saturday night on the prelims at UFC 276, one of the brightest prospects in the promotion will be making the walk to the octagon for the third time. “The Future” Ian Garry (9-0) will be making the walk as he takes on fellow young contender “Gifted” Gabe Green (11-3).
While a lot of the shine is going to be on Garry, Green is going to look to derail the hype train on Saturday night. Green will be making his fourth appearance with the UFC and he’s going to be looking for his third straight win. After losing his UFC debut to Daniel Rodriguez, Green has really turned things around.
He had a solid win over Phillip Rowe and then got a TKO win over Yohan Lainesse in his last bout. He’s going to look to ride that momentum into UFC 276 while derailing Ireland’s next hype train in Ian Garry.
Ian Garry fancies himself to be a one of the biggest Conor McGregor fans in the world. Garry is looking to follow in the footsteps of his idol and become Ireland’s second UFC champion. He’s started out strong with two wins and he has the charisma to be a star. Saturday night is a big test and it’s the toughest fight he’s had to date.
UFC 276 Prediction
A lot of this fight is going to come down to the distance management of Ian Garry. Throughout his first two UFC fights, we’ve seen Garry do a really good job of fighting from range. Despite leaving his chin in the air and being hittable here and there, Garry has been really effective.
He has the height and reach advantage on Green. His technique is sharper than Green so for him, he’s going to need to manage distance and keep things tight. For Green, he needs to make this a dirty fight on the inside. Green is good against the fence and he should look to use that at UFC 276.
However, he needs to watch out for the judo of Garry which could be used in this fight. Green is going to make this a close fight and I think Garry is going to really get tested. That said, I really like his distance control and I think his judo is going to keep Green honest. Both men will have their moments, but “The Future” gets the win at UFC 276.
Prediction: Ian Garry by Decision