UFC 285 video: Ian Garry survives knockdown for TKO win, gets nod from Conor McGregor


Irish up-and-comer Ian Garry had a rough start against Song Kenan, but he showed impressive resilience before turning things around for a third-round stoppage.

Garry blasted Kenan with a hard combination of punches with short time in UFC 285’s final prelim, leaving the Chinese fighter’s eye a mess as ref Marc Goddard stepped in at 4:22 of Round 3.

Garry performed the “Billy Strut”, to celebrate his victory, and received a nod by Conor McGregor (who popularized the walk in MMA).

Check out the finish below.

Things didn’t start so well for the undefeated Irishman, who’d won three straight before stepping into the octagon with Kenan. After keeping Kenan at the end of his kicks and punches, Garry took a left hook that caught him unprepared and dropped him. His corner had to tell him what happened.

In the second, Garry began to rebound, using his length to sting Kenan at distance. As the Chinese fighter began to see more of his target with jabs, crosses and punches, he could not catch him on the other side. Garry’s output was higher both with his hands and feet, and he comfortably took the frame.

Garry increased the pace in round three, controlling the fight’s pace and conducting more batting drills on his less active foe. Garry was assisted by leg kicks in the first round that seemed to draw steam from Kenan later on, and he continued to pile the offensive pressure until the last combination sent Kenan backwards to the fence. Garry then covered up his mistakes, running for his life.

It was Garry’s fourth straight win and extended his unbeaten streak to 11-0. Kenan suffered his second straight loss after a first-round stoppage setback against Max Griffin at UFC Vegas 22.

Garry afterward called for a spot on the UFC 287 in Miami, not far from where he trains at Kill Cliff MMA.