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Mickey Gall Picking CM Punk over Mike Jackson at UFC 225 in Chicago

On Saturday night, former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Phil Brooks — better known as “CM Punk” — makes his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In his second appearance inside the Octagon he is scheduled to take Mike Jackson to kick off the main card of UFC 225 in Chicago.
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Mickey Gall vs. Randy Brown added to UFC 217

After smashing a couple of overhyped chumps, Gall is taking a step up in competition for his next fight.

Mickey Gall has established himself as something of a prospect killer, depending on whether you ever really believed Sage Northcutt and CM Punk were actual legit prospects. Either way, he strangled both Northcutt and Punk with ease, killing their hype dead.

Now he’s set to take a step up in competition with his next opponent, fellow ‘Dana White’s Lookin’ For A Fight’ recruit Randy Brown. The two will throw down at the massive UFC 217 show being held in Madison Square Garden on November 4th.

While Brown hasn’t generated the headlines Gall has, he actually has way more experience. He’s a former Ring of Combat champ with a 9-2 record and is already five fights into his UFC career. Gall’s only pro fight before being signed to the UFC was his Lookin’ For A Fight match where he called out CM Punk. But he is 4-0 with all four wins coming via rear naked choke.

Brown will be a stiff challenge for Gall, and an opportunity for Mickey to show people he’s not just a hype killer but someone who deserves some hype of his own.

Check out the UFC 217 card as it stands right now.

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Welterweights Mickey Gall, Randy Brown to Clash at UFC 217 in New York

Prospect Mickey Gall will make his fourth Octagon appearance when he faces Randy Brown at UFC 217.
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Sage Northcutt says he would never ‘cuss at people’ during a fight, wasn’t trash-talking Mickey Gall

In December, when the UFC went to Sacramento for UFC on FOX 22, there were some unique sights to behold. There was Urijah Faber making his last walk to the Octagon in his native city. There was Michelle Waterson emerging as a star by tapping out Paige VanZant. And there was Sage Northcutt…talking trash?

Northcutt (8-2) lost his main card bout against Mickey Gall that night via second-round rear-naked choke. Yet earlier in the fight, there was the wholesome Northcutt mouthing at Gall after knocking him down with a shot. That image set social media abuzz with speculation as to what he was saying.

So what was it? (Hint: It wasn’t the incendiary tirade some had hoped).

“So when I hit him and knocked him down, I was just telling him — I wasn’t really talking trash, I wouldn’t call it trash talking,” he said during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “I was just talking to him. I was like, ‘come on, get up, get up.’ I was telling him to get up because I wanted to fight standing up. Another one was I hit him, I know I hurt him, so I was just like, ‘that hurt, didn’t it?’ So I was just kind of talking to him.”

Northcutt’s G-rated conversation with Gall still might’ve been a little overzealous for the 20-year old Texas fighter, who pointed to being amped up before his fight as a contributing factor to his loss.

“There was times when I knocked him down and I should have gotten on top of him,” he said. “I have great jiu-jitsu from the top, and obviously working on my jiu-jitsu from the bottom. So, I’m trying to work on that every single day that goes by, I’m always trying to improve that. But, I could have changed a few things in the fight and it could have turned out differently.”

Northcutt was making his second appearance as a welterweight in the fight, having come off of a victory over Enrique Martin at UFC 200 in July as a lightweight (a division he is undefeated in in the UFC).

Still, the sight of Northcutt — who calls men “sir,” and women “ma’am” — barking in the cage at all was memorable. He said it was just him making the most of his time in the Octagon.

“You know, I haven’t done it before in the UFC,” he said. “I think it was just me having fun out there. I was enjoying myself, and I was telling him to get up, and like the referee stood him back up and I was just having fun.”

Given that he ended up losing the bout, he was asked if he had any regrets about it just the same.

“No sir, I wasn’t trash talking,” he said. “I wouldn’t be out there, I would never be out there cussing at people or saying anything like that, so it wasn’t something to regret. Obviously I regret my performance. The two fights I have lost in the UFC, I should have won those fights, if I’d have been the Sage I know I can be. So I just need to work on that, be calm out there, don’t get too excited and amped up to rush in, and I should be getting better.”

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Dan Hardy declines Mickey Gall’s callout – ‘I don’t want to beat up a kid that I enjoy watching’

After submitting Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 22 inside Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., (watch highlights here), Mickey Gall continued his tradition of immediately calling out his next opponent. This time around, Gall asked for a bout against former Welterweight title challenger, Dan Hardy, in a fight that would be contested at Lightweight. “The Outlaw” had a brief and comical response via social media, but during a recent stop on “The MMA Hour,” Hardy respectfully declined the call-out … while Gall was on the other line listening.

He explains:

“I almost spat my tea out, it was like four in morning and I wasn’t expecting it. I appreciate the call-out and I appreciate the respect that you’ve shown me, but I have never fought anybody with less than eight fights, not even in my first pro fight. We are at different phases in our careers. I’m not looking at knocking off a future contender that I’m possibly going to be commentating for in the future. At the same time, if I was going to fight, I want to fight a veteran. I want to fight someone that has had 20 or 30 fights and has matured in their game and is sure of their fighting style, not one that is still developing. I like to see the development of these young fighters and I don’t want to interfere with that in anyway. I’m 10 years older and we are at different phases in our careers.”

After getting shut down, Gall responded by saying that he respected his decision and still considers the British brawler a legend of the sport before hanging up the phone. Hardy proceeded to say that if he does return, he wants to face a long-time veteran who he can really get motivated for.

“It just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t appeal to me and I don’t want to beat up a kid that I enjoy watching. There are a lot more older guys out there that have mature in their style and know their capabilities. There are a lot of fighters out there that I would be motivated to fight. And Mickey is a kid, I appreciate where he is in his career, four fights, and he is an exciting future prospect and I don’t want to play a part in the building of his career in any way.”

And that’s that, though Hardy did say he wouldn’t be opposed to a grappling match with the young up-and-comer down the road. Of course, Hardy’s still unsure that he will even return to the cage anytime soon, as he has one final test to go through in January to see if he is able to sustain the rigors of a training camp and a fight after he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome back in 2013.

But, just a few months ago, “The Outlaw” teased an MMA comeback, declaring that if and when he does return, he’ll be doing it at 155 pounds. It’s a division filled with plenty of battle-tested veterans who can clearly fit “The Outlaw” criteria of a motivating challenge.

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Dan Hardy appreciates Mickey Gall’s callout, but declines: ‘I don’t want to beat up a kid that I’m enjoying watching’

The last thing Dan Hardy expected to hear in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday was a callout from one of UFC on FOX 22′s big winners.

Hardy was watching the event live from the U.K. when co-headliner Mickey Gall submitted Sage Northcutt with a second-round rear-naked choke. Gall then surprised fight fans by asking for a dance date with “The Outlaw.” The moment was especially unexpected considering that Hardy’s last fight was over four years ago, but the Englishman took it all in good fun.

“I almost spat my tea out of my mouth when I was watching it,” Hardy said in a joint interview with Gall on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “It was like four o’clock in the morning when I was watching, and I just wasn’t expecting it. I appreciate the callout. I appreciate the respect that you’ve shown me. But I’ve never fought anybody with less than eight fights, not even in my first pro fight. It’s just, we’re in different phases of our careers.

“I’m not looking at knocking off a future contender that I’m possibly going to commentating for in the future. And at the same time, if I was going to fight, I want to fight a veteran. I want to fight someone who’s had 20, 30 fights, who’s matured in their game and is sure of their fighting style, rather than someone who’s still developing. I like to see the development of these young fighters and I don’t want to interfere with that in any way. I’m 10 years older.”

Gall has made a name for himself for a string of UFC callouts in 2016, starting with his bout against CM Punk and leading into his prime-time tilt against Northcutt. The strategy has paid major dividends for him over the course of the year — his high-profile placement on UFC on FOX 22 despite his relative inexperience is proof of that — but in this case, Gall took his declined invitation in stride.

“He has a right to feel that way,” Gall said to Hardy in response. “I respect that too. That’s cool. You’re a legend. It would’ve been an honor to fight you. That’s cool, man. I love you, Dan.”

Hardy, 34, used to be one of the more popular figures in the UFC welterweight division, however these days he is more of a media figure than an active fighter, working as both an analyst and color commentator under the UFC umbrella.

The switch from a fight life to the one he lives now was forced in 2013, when Hardy was diagnosed with the heart condition Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. That diagnosis forced his hand and made Hardy look elsewhere for opportunities outside the cage, though he has always remained steadfast in his desire to return to professional fighting.

Hardy is actually scheduled to undergo two final days of testing in January to determine once and for all whether fighting is a viable option for him, so in that regard, Hardy understands where Gall was coming from and appreciates the 24-year-old’s willingness to take a chance.

“I think he’s realistic,” Hardy said. “He said in the post-fight press conference that it was a bit of a haymaker, a bit of a wild callout, and I appreciate that. It surprised me, but I appreciate that. It was very respectful of him. I don’t think it was done in bad taste in any way. I wasn’t offended by it. But you know, there’s 100 guys on the UFC roster who would be much better opponents for him right now.

“I don’t want to beat up a kid that I’m enjoying watching,” Hardy added. “There’s a lot of older guys out there who have matured in their style, they know their fighting style, they know their capabilities, and there’s a lot of fighters out there that I would be motivated to fight. And Mickey is a kid. I appreciate where he is in his career. He’s had four fights and he’s an exciting prospect for the future. I don’t want to play a part in that, being a burden in his career in any way.”

Of course, Hardy is also an analyst — and a terrific one at that — so he couldn’t help but play a little fantasy matchmaker of his own.

Gall said this past weekend that Hardy’s title fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111 was the first UFC event he ever attended live. Hardy’s own first UFC event that he attended live was UFC 85, which featured a headlining bout of Thiago Alves vs. Matt Hughes. And so he figured that if Gall was in search of a veteran opponent with a known name, Alves may fit the bill.

“That’d be a great fight for him,” Hardy said of Alves-Gall. “That’d be really fun, if he wants to fight a veteran. A guy struggling to make 155. I think we should introduce a 162 weight class. Have those two guys pioneer that. … 160 is five pounds over lightweight and 10 pounds under welterweight, and I think 162, the extra two pounds, it’s a better meeting ground.

“We need more divisions. We’ve got fighters to make the divisions, there’s no doubt about it. The sport is growing. We’re having more shows every year. There are more places in the world that are producing fighters, that want shows. We need more weight classes. Fifteen pounds is a big jump. If you look at boxing, we’re not close to 15-pound jumps. And we’ve got room. A light welterweight weight class at 162 would be great, maybe add a 178 in as well at some point.”

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Mickey Gall details Sage Northcutt’s trash talk inside the cage at UFC on FOX 22

It looks like Sage Northcutt has a bit of a dark side after all.

The 20-year-old fighter has been all positivity and smiles throughout his UFC career, and has never really talked trash about any of his opponents even if they’re talking trash about him. But at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 22 in Sacramento, Northcutt did some trash talking of his own to his opponent Mickey Gall during their fight in the co-main event of the card.

Gall, who submitted Northcutt in the second round, found Northcutt’s out of character remarks to be quite nice, and detailed to the media their verbal exchange in the octagon.

“I’ll tell you this first,” Gall said at the post-fight press conference which MMA Fighting attended. “I wanted to play the bad guy a little bit for this, but there is no way you could be the nice guy with Sage. I wanted to talk to get him to engage with me a little bit, make him step out of his character and talk some crap maybe. And he didn’t the whole time, I was just like, ‘Ah, he’s such a sweet kid and he’s not going to do it.’ But it came out in the fight and you saw how the fight went down and I think that helped me.

“So what he said was when he stood up from my guard he was like, ‘Get up, get up,’ and he was standing right over me, so I was like, ‘Why don’t you come down? I thought you said you jiu-jitsu is better than mine,’ because he said that in the show. And the when I got up I was like, ‘What? you’re tired?’, and he was like, ‘Nah, I never get tired.’ I got to say, I like Sage with an edge. And when he blackened my eye and then he cut me, he was like, ‘Oh, that was good.’ He was talking some crap, I like that he came out a little bit.”

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Mickey Gall says Sage Northcutt would be stuffed ‘in a locker’ in his hometown

SACRAMENTO — Even as the hours wind down to their UFC on FOX 22 welterweight main-card bout, Mickey Gall can’t help but make fun of Sage Northcutt.

Gall thinks Northcutt’s constant smiling and positive attitude are a front. And he doesn’t think Northcutt wouldn’t have fit in very well Gall’s hometown of New Brunswick, New Jersey.

“Not very long,” Gall said when asked at Thursday’s open workouts on how long Northcutt would last where Gall grew up. “He’d find himself in a locker. He’d probably kick his way out of a locker, I’ll give him that. … He seems very ingenuine. I say corny like a dork, but its an ingenuinty, he’s putting on.”

Northcutt, for his part, doesn’t exactly talk trash. But the Houston native, who is X-1 in the UFC, pointed out that Gall’s first two UFC opponents, Mike Jackson and CM Punk, weren’t exactly world-class caliber.

“I think sometimes you should be careful what you wish for,” Northcutt said. “I’m not going to cut anybody down, bit he fought two guys who never had an MMA fight before, so me, myself, I’m going to go up a weight class and fight 170, I’m prepared and I’m ready.”

Gall shakes off Northcutt’s concerns, predicting he’ll win the fight via finish in the second round.

“I’m better on the feet, better on the ground, tougher than him, endurance, everything,” Gall said. “When we jump in the fire, he’s hopping out of the fire way before I am. … It could go quick. I’’m ready for three hard ones. I’m going to get the finish. I’d like to get a knockout in the first, but smart money is I’ll choke him out in the second.”

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UFC On Fox 22: Has Mickey Gall Bitten Off More Than He Can Chew Or Will He Run Through Sage Northcutt?

And the hits just keep on coming as the UFC sets up for yet another event this Saturday night as Paige Vanzant clashes with former Invicta atomweight champion Michelle Waterson. But before these two women meet head to head we’ll get to see Mickey Gall get his wish to face off against the natural lightweight Sage Northcutt in a welterweight match up. It’s a fight that has generated enough interest for it to be genuinely appealing, especially considering how early each of these young men are in their career. Will Gall’s callout prove to be the wise move or has he bit off more than he can chew against Northcutt?

From what I’ve gathered from Mickey Gall so far in his career is that he has solid striking with an affinity for grappling. As far as his stand up goes we only have a handful of examples both in which featured the young upstart battling men with little experience. We got to see his grappling game as he faced off against the inexperienced CM Punk back at UFC 203. The fight may have done more to answer questions about the former WWE wrestler than it did to measure Gall’s potential in the UFC. Being the longer, bigger man, Gall will most likely aim to get this fight to the ground as soon as possible rather than play around on the feet. Expect him to follow a similar game plan to what we saw in the CM Punk fight. Gall will throw some strikes and feints on the feet in order for Northcutt to counter and over compensate. Once that happens expect for Gall to shoot for a double leg takedown.

From what we’ve seen from Sage Northcutt this far in his MMA career, there’s a lot to like. He can wrestle, he can grapple, but he does much of his best work on the feet. What he’s missing is technical savvy. At times he finds himself too far forward against opponents who are obliged to take the karate expert down once he’s in their range. Gall is likely to employ a wrestling based game so it’s going to be important for Northcutt to keep his distance in this fight. He will likely have a speed advantage which he should consistently exploit with jabs or lunge punches then shuffle out before Gall can counter with strikes or a takedown attempt. Fighting in a broken rhythm will be key to throwing Gall off of his game and maintaining a gulf in between them will only enhance Northcutt’s chances of landing devastating power punches when he feels so inclined.

Both of these young men are still prospects with a ton of upside. While Northcutt has falter d against wrestlers in the past, working with welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has likely given him the preparation he needs to counter Gall effectively. Look for Sage Northcutt to pull out the victory with a second round TKO.

Will it be Sage Northcutt or Mickey Gall at UFC on Fox 22?


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UFC On Fox 22: Has Mickey Gall Bitten Off More Than He Can Chew Or Will He Run Through Sage Northcutt?

And the hits just keep on coming as the UFC sets up for yet another event this Saturday night as Paige Vanzant clashes with former Invicta atomweight champion Michelle Waterson. But before these two women meet head to head we’ll get to see Mickey Gall get his wish to face off against the natural lightweight Sage Northcutt in a welterweight match up. It’s a fight that has generated enough interest for it to be genuinely appealing, especially considering how early each of these young men are in their career. Will Gall’s callout prove to be the wise move or has he bit off more than he can chew against Northcutt?

From what I’ve gathered from Mickey Gall so far in his career is that he has solid striking with an affinity for grappling. As far as his stand up goes we only have a handful of examples both in which featured the young upstart battling men with little experience. We got to see his grappling game as he faced off against the inexperienced CM Punk back at UFC 203. The fight may have done more to answer questions about the former WWE wrestler than it did to measure Gall’s potential in the UFC. Being the longer, bigger man, Gall will most likely aim to get this fight to the ground as soon as possible rather than play around on the feet. Expect him to follow a similar game plan to what we saw in the CM Punk fight. Gall will throw some strikes and feints on the feet in order for Northcutt to counter and over compensate. Once that happens expect for Gall to shoot for a double leg takedown.

From what we’ve seen from Sage Northcutt this far in his MMA career, there’s a lot to like. He can wrestle, he can grapple, but he does much of his best work on the feet. What he’s missing is technical savvy. At times he finds himself too far forward against opponents who are obliged to take the karate expert down once he’s in their range. Gall is likely to employ a wrestling based game so it’s going to be important for Northcutt to keep his distance in this fight. He will likely have a speed advantage which he should consistently exploit with jabs or lunge punches then shuffle out before Gall can counter with strikes or a takedown attempt. Fighting in a broken rhythm will be key to throwing Gall off of his game and maintaining a gulf in between them will only enhance Northcutt’s chances of landing devastating power punches when he feels so inclined.

Both of these young men are still prospects with a ton of upside. While Northcutt has falter d against wrestlers in the past, working with welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has likely given him the preparation he needs to counter Gall effectively. Look for Sage Northcutt to pull out the victory with a second round TKO.

Will it be Sage Northcutt or Mickey Gall at UFC on Fox 22?


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