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Michael Web page doesn’t assume Ian Machado Garry is championship materials: ‘Under no circumstances’

Michael Web page could have fallen brief in opposition to Ian Machado Garry at UFC 303, however that doesn’t imply he got here away impressed by what he noticed from the cocksure Irishman.

Web page dropped a hard-fought unanimous choice on the June 29 pay-per-view, outclassing Garry on the toes however in the end dropping two rounds on the scorecards after succumbing to Garry’s grappling-heavy sport plan. Afterward, UFC CEO Dana White publicly acknowledged that the bout felt like a draw, a lot to Garry’s chagrin. However even regardless of the setback, Web page’s takeaway was unequivocal when requested Wednesday on The MMA Hour whether or not Garry is championship martial within the talent-rich UFC welterweight division.

“Not all. No,” Web page stated. “As a result of if that’s the sport you’re going to go [to] whenever you get a good striker, then Leon [Edwards] goes to kill you anyway, then Shavkat [Rakhmonov] goes to kill you anyway. There’s just a few guys in there that I simply don’t see him surpassing.

“Even in a few of the areas, he didn’t really feel massively robust. I’m not even attempting to be disrespectful to him, as a result of once more, he’s executed his job, he was sensible about how he type of glided by it. However for me, regardless, this sport for me is about fight. It’s about preventing. Not about stealing wins. Even like I stated, that final spherical, I didn’t essentially want to face up or have to let him get up. I may’ve stayed there and simply dragged it out and doubtlessly obtained a greater rating within the third spherical and possibly that will’ve swayed it, however that’s not the sport I’m in. I’m in a fight sport. Like, I wish to trigger harm, I wish to harm individuals.

“So yeah, I don’t see him progressing to the highest. I feel he’s gifted. I feel he’ll all the time be round there, high 10, high 5. After which he’ll preserve dropping out to sure individuals. However he’s nonetheless gifted, and clearly he’s obtained a a great deal of time to progress and get higher anyway.”

Web page, 37, is now 1-1 in his temporary UFC profession after scoring a blowout win over Kevin Holland in his promotional debut. His efficiency in opposition to Garry additional confirmed that Web page’s distinctive model of putting presents issues for any contender within the UFC welterweight division, however he nonetheless stays disenchanted in himself for the end result. Web page stated he hasn’t but watched the battle again, however he is aware of he’s going to be pissed off as soon as he does.

“I’m robust on myself. I feel there’s a whole lot of errors that I made,” Web page stated.

“I simply wasn’t fairly myself in there. For me, it simply motivated me a bit extra. Clearly, precisely what I stated was going to occur occurred. As a lot as Ian stated he’s this stage of a striker, he’s this quick, he didn’t wish to strike with me. And I inform individuals the identical factor on a regular basis, once I’m bouncing round in entrance of you, it’s a really completely different sport, and he went for a distinct plan. Once more, there’s a pair selections throughout the battle that I may’ve made and executed higher to possibly scrape the end result, however that’s simply not me.

“I want to go and get a giant end and I wished to knock him out. So yeah, I’ve obtained lots to regulate and adapt to, however I’m tremendous motivated to get again. Tremendous motivated.”

One of many huge storylines to emerge from UFC 303 battle week was Garry’s accusation that an unnamed member of Web page’s group supplied $10,000 to a teammate of Garry’s at Chute Boxe for info on Garry’s preparation and sport plan. Garry has continued to hammer that accusation within the aftermath of the bout, even calling for Web page and his coaches to be “suspended for all times” from MMA.

Web page stated he stays unclear about what Garry is talking of.

“If any person in my camp tried to [do that], no, I haven’t been instructed something,” Web page stated.

“100% [it’d bother me if it was real], as a result of I don’t want it. I don’t really feel like I would like it, particularly for him. And once more, I’m attempting to not be disrespectful to him, as a result of it’s not private in any respect, however I don’t really feel like I wanted to get any additional info to do what I do know I can do — or ought to’ve executed, ought to I say — in that final battle.”

Web page stated he’s presently on trip however is already itching to get again into the gymnasium. He’s unhurt from the bout and absolutely expects to compete at the least another time in 2024, and he’s blissful to check his abilities in opposition to any 170-pound contender UFC needs to throw at him.

“I simply have to get again within the profitable column and in true ‘MVP’ vogue,” Web page stated. “I nonetheless really feel like I haven’t really confirmed myself within the UFC cage.”


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