Introducing Athlete Access from Behind Sport…
This brand new series focuses on what makes athletes tick. Our very first guest is MMA fighter, ‘The Future’ Ian Garry.
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m ‘The Future’ Ian Garry.
Two years undefeated pro MMA fighter, I’m the top welterweight prospect in Europe.
When was the moment you knew you wanted to be an MMA fighter?
There was never a clear moment when I decided to be a fighter, I always just knew.
However there was in a time in college in Dublin when I was sat there in a class and I came to a clear realisation that this isn’t what I want to spend my life doing so I dropped out of college, got a full time job and spent my days working and training.
Talk to us about the mindset needed to step inside a cage to fight another human being?
Stepping into the cage for me is different because it’s what I love to do. I chose to do this with my life as it’s my passion. When I get into the cage I get to showcase my skill set and do what I love.
People often ask me if I’m nervous and that makes no sense to me. What’s your favourite thing in the world to do? Late night out with friends at a bar? Perfect, do you get nervous before you go out? Exactly – I am never nervous before a fight, it’s what I love to do. It’s exactly where I want to be.
What’s your training regime in the build-up to a fight? How much does it vary from camp to camp?
Me and all the lads at Team KF MMA train all year round but the intensity changes. 8 weeks out from a fight, camps vary depending on the opponents style although we always have the same structure as it works – but we differ content as we start to focus on a specific game plan.
What’s your number one focus when it comes to your work?
Me always me.
I work to improve my game, my skill set and better my life.
I want to leave a legacy as one of the greatest fighter to ever live. So every week I want improve and add to my game so that I’m one step closer to my goal.
What is one thing the average person wouldn’t understand about the world of MMA?
The enjoyment of violence. The enjoyment of making someone bleed and hurting them is something that I don’t think many people understand.
I love humbling another trained fighter.
Can you talk us through your thoughts and feelings as you move through a fight week?
Frustrated and excited.
Frustrated because I’ve waited so long and all I want to do it fight and not wait, I don’t have patience. Excited because I know the fight is getting closer and closer day by day.
The hardest part of fighting is staying disciplined with weight cut, the weight cut is the challenge. Once I’m in then I can have my fun. The fighting is fun, that’s what I love to do.
What sort of thoughts are going through your head as the announcer is introducing you before the fight?
How I’m going to prove once again that I’m the best at what I do. Staying cool calm and collected.
Focusing on everything I’ve trained for over the last 8 weeks, all the preparation for this one night.
Are there any lessons that normal people could take from MMA and apply to their own lives?
Self discipline and anger management.
Someone who has trained has a better understanding and control of their anger and less likely to lash out.
Is there a bucket list for your career/end goal?
Fight and have fun.
Leave a legacy.
Travel the world.
And die happy.
I’m at my best when I have a smile on my face and if I keep doing what I’m doing – winning and working hard. I will feel fulfilled.