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

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Sage Northcutt, Mickey Gall Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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.”