Garry (13-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has tightened his social media presence, making his posts on ‘X’ private and turning off comments on Instagram. This move comes after he and his wife faced online harassment, leading to worries about his family’s safety.
As he prepares for his career’s most significant match against Vicente Luque in the UFC 296 main card opener this Saturday, Garry has faced criticism for several reasons. He’s been condemned for reportedly being unwelcome at Team Renegade, allegedly being knocked out during practice, and controversy surrounding his wife’s book titled ‘How to be a WAG’ – a term typically referring to the wives and girlfriends of well-known athletes.
Covington (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC), who is familiar with playing the role of a villain in the sport, has criticized Garry for being affected by the negative attention. Both fighters are set to appear at the UFC 296 pre-fight press conference on Thursday.
Covington, in an interview with All Out Fighting, had this to say about Ian: “All I’ll say about Ian is if you step in shoes, junior, you better wipe that sh*t off. I’ve had death threats, bombings, and people wanting to kill me after Brazil. I never turned off my social media. I never turned off my comments. Look at that little Ian Garry. He’s turning off his comments like a little f*cking sensitive soy boy.”
According to Covington, Garry simply isn’t tough enough to claim the title of the biggest and baddest fighter in the division. The Irish fighter’s stature was further diminished as Covington called him a “little f*cking kid.” Despite the brewing tension, Covington’s focus remains unwaveringly fixed on his upcoming bout with ‘Leon Scott.’ As the press conference looms, he leaves little room for further discourse with Garry, emphasizing that his business lies squarely within the octagon.
Covington will be in the spotlight at UFC 296 as he takes on welterweight champion Leon Edwards this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view, following the prelims on ESPN2 and the early prelims on ESPN+.