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We have an exciting scrap in the Welterweight division, as Ian “The Future” Garry takes on Darian Weeks. After a successful UFC debut, one that saw Garry knock out Jordan Williams, the Irishman will attempt to put forth an encore. Undefeated and with immense potential, Garry has a bright future ahead of him. Meanwhile, Weeks is coming off an unsuccessful UFC debut. One that came on short notice and against a grizzled veteran in Bryan Barberena. With a full camp and a second chance inside the octagon, we may see the best version of Weeks.
As for a prediction, I have Weeks winning. While Garry is all the rave, and rightfully so, I believe Weeks has the abilities to turn this fight into a grind. Having landed 118 significant strikes and four takedowns in a fifteen minute brawl with Barberena, all while tired due to the short notice nature, Weeks showed to me that he has the moxy and will to win. With an extensive twenty fight amateur career, Weeks brings forth more experience than his seven fights would indicate. Now, Garry has shown little weaknesses throughout his young career. Flawless on the feet, he’s technical, precise and powerful. Often keeping distance and landing leg kicks, Garry isn’t afraid to chop down his target before going for the kill. Even his takedown defense and grappling have looked sharp. He’s a legitimate prospect who fights with more experience than you’d expect someone at only twenty-four years of age. However, the reason I’m picking against the Irishman, is that I’m fascinated how he will approach and adjust in this fight. Knowing Weeks will be physically in better shape and have the cardio necessary to go a hard fifteen minutes, I’d expect more wrestling and overall activity than he achieved in his debut. Something in which I don’t think Garry has yet to face. So with all that said, I could be dead wrong here, but there is something to be said about catching an upstart early in their career. While Weeks isn’t a grizzled UFC veteran, he still possesses the ability to grind out what I believe will be a hard-fought decision victory.