UFC Welterweight Sage Northcutt has said that Mickey Gall’s wins over CM Punk and Mike Jackson were a bit like ‘fighting someone’s dad’ after Gall called out Northcutt following the former’s first round finish over CM Punk at UFC 203.
Northcutt questioned the experience and credibility of Gall’s two UFC opponents and said that if he and Gall fight in the future, he will have no problems in dictating where the fight goes.
“I think just him going in and fighting two guys that had no fights — I think they were both close to 40 years old, too — it’s almost like fighting someone’s dad that only trained very little for a fight,” Northcutt said on on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday.
“All I could say is that I believe I have better grappling than him and better stand up.
“If I go out there, I can take the fight wherever I want. If I want to go out there and stand up with him and knock him out, I believe I can do that. If I want to take him down and submit him, I believe I can do that also.”
The 20-year-old said that a potential fight between the two would have to be at 170 pounds because dropping to 155 pounds is just too harsh on his body.
However, the only loss of Northcutt’s career came at 170 pounds when the Texas native loss to Bryan Barberena at UFC on Fox 18 in January.
But after beating Enrique Marín via unanimous decision at UFC 200 in a return to lightweight, Northcutt is confident that he’ll have no problems in returning to fighting at welterweight should the fight with Gall be given the green light.
“At the time my body just didn’t heal up and wasn’t feeling right,” Northcutt added.
“This time coming around, having more time notice for it and fighting at 170, I should be healthy.”
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena
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