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Ian Machado Garry PULLS OUT of UFC 296, Dana White confirms!

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Saturday’s UFC 296 just took a big hit as Ian Machado Garry has been forced to withdraw.

The pay-per-view main card was supposed to kick off with a highly-anticipated welterweight matchup between Garry and No. 9 ranked Vicente Luque. However, UFC boss Dana White just confirmed that the bout has in fact been cancelled.

“There’s some speculation that Ian Garry and Luque is off. It is true,” White said on X. “Ian Garry started with the flu that turned into pneumonia. So that fight is off and is not happening. It is true.”

Ian Machado Garry was one of the most talked-about fighters on the card

Rumors of the bout being pulled from UFC 296 started as Ian Machado Garry skipped media day. This is obviously a major blow to the promotion’s last PPV show pf 2023, as Garry has been one of the most talked-about stars during the lead-up to the event.

The undefeated Irishman has won six fights in the UFC octagon and gone 13-0 overall at 26 years of age. As of this moment, it’s unclear if the fight with Vicente Luque will be rescheduled and if so when.

Read more: UFC 296: Edwards vs. Covington – Fight Card, Start Time & How to Watch

Updated UFC 296 fight card with Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington and more

Luckily, UFC 296 is still a stacked event with two title fights and several exciting matchups with top-ranked fighters. In the main event, welterweight champion Leon Edwards takes on former interim champ Colby Covington while a flyweight title bout between newly-crowned flyweight king Alexandre Pantoja and No. 2 ranked challenger Brandon Royval serves as the co-headliner.

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Welterweight champ Leon Edwards is looking to defend his title for the second time.

The event also features a massive contest between top 5 welterweights where undefeated Shavkat Rakhmonov takes on two-time title contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, as well as a lightweight matchup between fan-favorite Tony Ferguson and former Cage Warriors champ Paddy Pimblett.

Check out the updated fight card down below!

Main card

  • Welterweight title bout: Leon Edwards (c) vs. Colby Covington
  • Flyweight title bout: Alexandre Pantoja (c) vs. Brandon Royval
  • Welterweight bout: Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Lightweight bout: Tony Ferguson vs. Paddy Pimblett
  • Welterweight bout: Vicente Luque vs. Ian Machado Garry

Preliminary card 

  • Featherweight bout: Josh Emmett vs. Bryce Mitchell
  • Women’s Bantamweight bout: Irene Aldana vs. Karol Rosa
  • Bantamweight bout: Cody Garbrandt vs. Brian Kelleher
  • Women’s Flyweight bout: Casey O’Neill vs. Ariane Lipski

Early prelims

  • Light Heavyweight bout: Alonzo Menifield vs. Dustin Jacoby
  • Flyweight bout: Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Cody Durden
  • Featherweight bout: Andre Fili vs. Lucas Almeida
  • Heavyweight bout: Martin Buday vs. Shamil Gaziev
  • Welterweight bout: Randy Brown vs. Muslim Salikhov

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