Ian Machado Garry no longer on UFC 296 card, falls victim to flue

Ian Machado Garry is set to face Vicente Luque at UFC 296. But he has unfortunately withdrawn from the bout after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

UFC CEO Dana White confirmed this development via social media. Garry’s absence from the UFC 296 media day initially went undisclosed regarding his illness.

Dana White elaborated on Garry’s health situation. He stated that Garry initially contracted the flu, which later progressed into pneumonia. Due to his condition, the scheduled match against Vicente Luque had to be canceled. Additionally, there’s insufficient time to secure a replacement competitor.

MMA journalist Ariel Helwani shared insights following White’s announcement, having spoken directly to Garry. Garry expressed his situation, mentioning: “I have pneumonia. They tried everything to help me. In the end, UFC doctor said there’s no chance I can fight. The UFC doctor made the call. This annoys me more than anyone. I want to fight. It’s my favorite thing to do.”

Helwani added his observation, noting that “for what it’s worth, he sounds quite bad.”

Speculation among UFC fans surfaced, suggesting Garry’s absence from media events and the scheduled press conference might be linked to rumors and criticisms surrounding his marriage to Layla-Ann Lee.

After their bout was called off, Vicente Luque responded politely and hinted that there wouldn’t be a last-minute substitute opponent scheduled for UFC 296.

On Instagram, Luque stated: “Unfortunate news. So the fight is out. He’s not going to make it to the fight. First of all, I wish the best recovery, speedy recovery for him, and the best for his family.”

“It’s really unfortunate. I was so ready for this fight. I’ve had a great training camp. Anybody that sees me on social media sees a little bit of what I’ve been doing. They know how ready I am for this fight. Weight cut has been going so, so good—the easiest weight cut I’ve ever had in my career.”

“I have all my team here supporting me. A lot of guys came out in this fight. A lot of people supported me to come watch the fight as well, and unfortunately it’s not going to happen. It’s out of my control. Everything that I could do, everything that I have control of in my job, and really put my heart into this, I did.”

“I gave it my all. Unfortunately, we cannot really control everything. As I said, I wish (Garry) the best. I wish recovery for Ian. Now it’s time for me to rest. I did have a hard training camp.”

The 32-year-old is rated 9 in the division, and he most recently won against Rafael dos Anjos in August of last year.

On the other hand, Ian Machado Garry has an undefeated 6-0 record in the UFC. He previously showcased his prowess with a dominant victory over Neil Magny at UFC 292 in August.