Michael Morales is not typically one to publicly request specific fights or call out opponents. Nonetheless, there is one individual he’s particularly keen on facing.
The burgeoning UFC welterweight prospect is eager to square off against Ian Machado Garry, a fellow undefeated fighter – ideally in his next bout, or at some point in his career. Morales (16-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) harbors disdain for Garry, which is the main impetus behind his desire to fight him.
“Ian Garry, Ian Garry,” Morales told MMA Junkie in Spanish when questioned about his next fight. “If I get the opportunity to fight him, I’ll gladly welcome it. He’s someone I’m eager to face. If the chance to fight him arises, that would be fantastic. I really dislike that guy. I find nothing about him likable. Nevertheless, it ultimately hinges on what the UFC decides next for me.
“So, if I get to fight him, then thank you very much. However, if it’s not him, I’d welcome any other opponent.”
The 24-year-old explains that he wants to fight Garry due to his personal dislike for him, in addition to Garry having mentioned his name in a previous context as a possible opponent.
“He said something about me moving up the rankings too quickly, and that the fight against Max Griffin shouldn’t have happened or something along those lines,” Morales recalled. “I can’t remember the exact interview source, but that’s the gist of what was said. He’s implying that I should be facing more seasoned fighters, but he’s nearly been knocked out in every single one of his fights. So, I don’t think he’s in a position to opine on that.”
Morales has maintained an unblemished record in his career and is 4-0 since joining the UFC in 2021 after securing a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series. Most recently, the Ecuadorian fighter outpointed veteran Jake Matthews in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 232 earlier this month. He hopes to return at UFC 299 in March to fight alongside countryman Marlon Vera, who will be challenging Sean O’Malley for the bantamweight title.
Garry boasts six wins under the UFC banner, with his most recent being a unanimous decision victory over Neil Magny in August. He is set to return to the cage on Dec. 16 at UFC 296 against top contender Vicente Luque.
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