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‘Prove them wrong’ – Conor McGregor’s classy message to Ian Garry after Irish UFC newbie told to give up on his dreams

CONOR MCGREGOR has sent a classy message of support to Irish fighter Ian Garry. The Notorious’ compatriot takes on Jordan Williams tonight at Madison Square Garden – the venue that saw McGregor become lightweight champion back in 2016. Ahead of his promotion debut, Garry revealed that he still has a letter from his disapproving mother, […] ...

CONOR MCGREGOR has sent a classy message of support to Irish fighter Ian Garry.

The Notorious’ compatriot takes on Jordan Williams tonight at Madison Square Garden – the venue that saw McGregor become lightweight champion back in 2016.

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Ian Garry is set to make his UFC debut tonight[/caption]

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Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden in 2016[/caption]

Ahead of his promotion debut, Garry revealed that he still has a letter from his disapproving mother, from when he decided to quit college in pursuit of a career in the fight game.

It read: “I will not support someone who gives up on themselves and takes the easy way out.

“Being the next Conor McGregor is not a plan.”

Learning of Garry’s story, McGregor himself reached out on Twitter, posting: “Ian, my own parents said something very similar to me as well back in the day! ‘It can’t be done.’

“Ask them now what they think haha! Prove them wrong and yourself right, my man, enjoy it all!”

He also wrote: “Good luck to Ireland’s Ian Garry making his UFC debut tonight at MSG! Enjoy it all my man, the stuff dreams are made of!

“A solid young Irish fighter to keep an eye on 🇮🇪

“Let’s go @iangarryMMA!”

Still just 23, and boasting a 7-0 record, Garry understands the magnitude of his opportunity.

With his mother now onboard, he told the BBC: “I understand the magnitude of the situation so much. I couldn’t be more excited for this.

“To be in New York, making my UFC debut when I’m 23 at MSG, it’s insane. But we’ve been talking about it for years, it’s been inevitable.”

If people want to say I’m the next Conor, great, fine

Ian Garry

On McGregor comparisons, welterweight Garry told SunSport: “I think four of the top-five pay-per-views are Conor’s. The man’s insane. What he did is unbelievable.

“And everyone is like, ‘Oh, they wanna find the next Conor. They’re dying to find the next Conor.’ If people want to say I’m the next Conor, great, fine. I don’t mind it.

“But don’t get me wrong, I have my plan, I have my goals. I know what’s coming.

“But if people want to compare me to someone who has had the biggest effect and the biggest change on the sport in regards to just bringing eyes on it, I don’t mind being that guy.

“And I don’t mind if I they [want me to] be the poster boy and they’re looking for someone to hold a mantle as such.”

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