Mickey Gall plans on making it 2-for-2 against high-profile fighters.
In September at UFC 203, Gall was the welcoming committee for CM Punk in his UFC debut. Punk was a former WWE star who was being afforded the opportunity to try his hand at MMA on the sport's biggest stage. Gall had been selected to fight him after being discovered by Dana White on his web series "Lookin' For A Fight" and then submitting Mike Jackson in February. Punk's debut was short and anything but welcoming as Gall instantly took him down, beat Punk up, and finished the fight with a rear-naked choke.
After the fight, Gall took the massive stage and media opportunity to call out another "Lookin' For A Fight" discoveree, Sage Northcutt. Northcutt was on the pilot episode of White's web series and since then has received a concentrated marketing push from the UFC. Northcutt agreed to the fight and last week it was made official for UFC on Fox 22 on Dec. 17.
With the fight now certified official, Gall spoke with TMZ Sports recently about the match-up and what he plans to do against Northcutt.
"I'm gonna do a lot to him. I don't see this one being one round. I see this being longer than that and I'm gonna break his bones. I'm gonna hurt him bad. I'm gonna bust him up, break his bones, tear things. I'm gonna put a beating on him...His boxing sucks. His ground game is pretty bad. So there's holes on both sides. I know how I'm gonna fight him. It's gonna be bad for him. He's gonna feel like crap."
Not unlike Gall's last opponent CM Punk, Northcutt has caught the ire of several of his fellow fighters as well. While no one has anything bad to say about the young man personally, there has been a lot of unhappiness surrounding the large size of his contracted purses. For his last fight at UFC 200, Northcutt reportedly made $50,000 in show money and a $50,000 win bonus. In contrast, Gall made $15,000 plus $15,000 for his win over Punk. But Gall doesn't seem concerned by this and says he doesn't carry any ill will towards Northcutt, but just wants to fight him.
"I don't dislike him. I think he's very corny. I think he's like a silly boy. I don't know, I think he's kind of a dork but I don't hate him at all. I love him. I can't wait to fight him, can't wait to get my hands on him."
Of course, the most compelling part of this budding rivalry is the hair centered trash talk that has arisen from it. When Gall initially called out Northcutt he said he want "to punch the spikes out of his hair." Northcutt later responded that Gall's hair was similar to his own and that "maybe he should get some hair gel and style it or something." Gall then took the trash talk to its logical conclusion, suggesting a loser's hair leaves town bet on their fight. Though Northcutt never responded, Gall says the offer is still on the table.
"Heck yeah, why not? I put it out there. I didn't hear anything from him but hey, if I lose I'll cut my hair, but I ain't losing. You can see a bald blond boy."
At only 24 years old, Gall is already an accomplished grappler and looks to have a bright future in the sport. Should he defeat Northcutt in December, he will have put together quite the year for himself and one of the more peculiarly high profile debuts of any UFC fighter ever. Which is all just part of the plan for the young man from Green Brook, N.J.
"I'm gonna be a UFC champion. I don't know a timetable, those things are hard to say but eventually I'll be UFC champion."
Mickey Gall faces Sage Northcutt in a welterweight bout at UFC on Fox 22 on Dec. 17 in Sacramento, Calif.
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Pay day. Amanda Nunes says her first title defense has to be against Ronda Rousey.
Embarrassed. Chris Weidman was "embarrassed" for Michael Bisping after UFC 204.
Top 10. Mirsad Bektic wants to start making "top-10 money."
Firas breaking down Alvarez-McGregor
I'm fairly pumped about this fight.
Chuck highlight because, why not?
Ferguson in the woods.
Legacy 60 highlights from last weekend.
I very much enjoy Yves Edwards MMA opinions.
That fine was ridiculous.
I get fined more than these bums get paid— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 10, 2016
Pat Lundvall is...not great.
Pat Lundvall is now the second highest paid blonde in the UFC #NACHearing— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) October 10, 2016
There was a rumor going around that Conor got knocked out cold in sparring today.
I heard of realistic fight simulation training but this is Next level shit !!! Lmao ... This happened to me before too , rest up Be safe— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) October 10, 2016
Kavanagh dismissed it.
Free tip - Just because its on the Internet doesn't mean its true— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) October 10, 2016
Good for T-wood.
Seems like a dude you absolutely can't intimidate.
I was there for Bisping vs Henderson 1. Bisping was working hard to intimidate Hendo from the next room in the back. Loud - Psycho warfare— Dave Camarillo (@DaveCamarillo) October 10, 2016
Hendo didn't talk - loud banging and fight noises from Bisping. Then Hendo said, "I'm gonna KOF out of him" it was like Clint Eastwood— Dave Camarillo (@DaveCamarillo) October 10, 2016
Good pickup if true.
UFC offered a very good contract for Vitaly Minakov. It will be signed immediatele after the termination of contract with Bellator. #mmy— Alexey Safonov (@from_safonov) October 10, 2016
Just got off the phone with George Lockheart. He's going to be doing my nutrition for this next training camp. I have a lot of questions as this is the most complicated shit I think I've ever seen in a weight cut. I can't unveil my opponent or when or where, but I'll tell you it'll be a fun one :-) For now, time to do work and get these lbs down! #alphacatzingano @lockloadedmma @ufc @fitnessvt
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
1997: KRS-Pride (which would later be renamed Pride FC) held their first ever event, Pride 1, headlined by Rickson Gracie submitting Nobuhiko Takada.
1998: Rickson Gracie rematched Nobuhiko Takada at Pride 4, again winning by submission. This event also saw Igor Vovchanchyn made his Pride debut, stopping Gary Goodridge with punches.
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