Mickey Gall took a massive step up in competition on Saturday night at UFC on Fox 22 in Sacramento, California, but the youngster proved that he is a legit prospect by submitting ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt in the second round.
Prior to this welterweight fight, we really knew nothing about Gall’s ability. He had three wins, one on a regional show and the other two in the UFC. However, each and every one of those victories came against somebody with no prior professional experience. His most notable win came last time out, when he easily finished 38-year-old former WWE superstar CM Punk inside a round at UFC 203.
Not exactly the resume of a typical UFC fighter.
After the Northcutt win though, Gall’s ledger looks significantly more respectable. Sure, Sage is a guy that has benefitted from more hype than perhaps his performances thus far have merited, but he came into the bout with Gall sporting an 8-1 overall record, having won three of his four UFC outings, and his explosive striking game makes him a dangerous proposition for most.
However, Gall dominated Northcutt throughout the first, surprisingly hurt him on the feet in the second and eventually finished the fight with a rear-naked choke.
Afterwards, during an interview with Brian Stann inside the octagon, Gall declared his intention to move down to lightweight and he called out UFC analyst Dan Hardy, who has talked about a return to the octagon and a drop to 155lbs as of late.
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“I gotta punch up,” Gall said later, at the post-fight presser. “I want to take out guys who have bigger names than me, who have more star power. Big names make nice trophies and I want some nice trophies.”
The 24-year-old New Jersey native isn’t just thinking about making the cut in an attempt to claim a single big name scalp though.
“Making [170lbs] is pretty easy. [155lbs] will be pretty tough, but I think I’ll be the champion there. I like the way Conor[McGregor] went down to [145lbs] and suffered and made that and he made himself a champion, made himself a star. And I think I can do the same thing.
“I think I’ll be the champion at ’55 in a couple of years.”