Fight night is almost upon us! The biggest fight card of the year awaits! UFC 285 promises to deliver on all fronts with some of the fights in store for the fans. As such, let’s take a look at one of the fights on this insanely stacked card.
Notably, all eyes will be on the headliner, where Jon Jones marks his return from a 3-year absence with a move up to heavyweight. Taking on Ciryl Gane, Jones will be fighting for the vacant heavyweight championship. If that’s not enticing enough, we also have Valentina Shevchenko making her title defense against rising contender Alexa Grasso.
Ian Garry vs. Song Kenan added to UFC 285 on March 4th in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/LcHpZapfKE
— MMA UNCENSORED ™️ (@MMAUNCENSORED1) January 28, 2023
Coming to the fight at hand, we have Ian Machado Garry and Song Kenan in the main event of the early prelims. Although both are relatively lesser-known fighters, expect them to deliver a great contest regardless. On one side we have the young prospect Garry, who has made a sound start to his UFC career.
Going 3-0 in the UFC so far, the Irishman will be pitted against Song Kenan. Despite getting brutally slept by Max Griffin in his last fight, Song is a decent fighter and a tough test for any newcomer knocking on the door of a top 15 welterweight ranking. With the onus on Garry to prove he is ready to step up, will he be able to prove himself?
UFC 285: Ian Garry vs Song Kenan stats
|Stats||Ian Garry||Song Kenan|
|Height||1.91 m||1.83 m|
|Reach||1.89 m||1.82 m|
Garry vs Kenan: Fight Breakdown
For this fight, there should be no doubt as to who the favorite is. Making his way over from Cage Warriors, Ian has a lot of hype behind his name. Following a beautiful finish of Jordan Williams in his debut, the young gun received plaudits from many, including Conor McGregor. Since that victory, “The Future” has got two more names under his belt, winning both fights via unanimous decisions.
As for Song, “The Assassin” made an electric start to life in the UFC with back-to-back knockouts. However, he then lost out a decision to the Great White Morono, before course-correcting with two more wins. As mentioned above, his last outing saw him take a devastating knockout to Max Griffin. Having succumbed to that loss nearly a year ago, Song will be itching to set things right.
Notably, Machado comes in with a significant height and reach advantage. As such, he will need to take full advantage of it and try to crack Song whilst defending himself well. Previously, Garry has shown a tendency to leave his chin open, which Song will test every chance he gets. Set to be a standup contest, Garry’s patience and eye for that killer shot will win him this one.