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On a card that specializes in lower-main card relics including Paige Vanzant, Urijah Faber’s last fight and ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt, Mickey Gall can put another notch in his belt if he beats the latter of that list.
First, Gall made a name for himself by smartly throwing his name in the mix to fight CM Punk. After beating him easily, he made another clever move to take down another name he feels doesn’t deserve the hype:
Northcutt is often called ‘Sage Vanzant’ for a reason (or inversely Paige Northcutt?); he’s often criticized for being handed easy fights, with his only loss coming to unranked veteran Bryan Barberena. He’s also clearly being pushed by the UFC for his youthful looks and young age. Still, you’ve got to give him some credit, when he’s not breaking apples, he’s got an 8-1 record with seven finishes, with his eighth victory coming via a safe, unanimous decision that follow his only loss.
Enter Mickey Gall, discovered by Dana White himself on the ‘Lookin’ for a fight’ series, Gall has three, first-round rear-naked choke victories all in under three minutes each. He did it to Mike Jackson to get the Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks fight, then showed Punk what the UFC is about with a quick victory.
Gall seems to be quite savvy with his self-promotion, calling out beatable opponents who have a lot of weight to their name. He sent Brooks back to the theoretical minors with that win, and could take all the wind out of Northcutt’s sail if he beats him. This would likely squash all the ‘next big thing’ rumours surrounding Super Sage.
With a win this Saturday in Sacramento, I can see Gall calling out another welterweight with some notoriety attached to his name, such as Patrick Cote or even Dan Hardy for his much rumoured return fight, even if he does claim it would be at 155 lbs. If rankings are his concern, perhaps Gunnar Nelson would be an appropriate pick at #12.
Nevertheless, a win this weekend and a subsequent call out, and I’d have no problem giving Gall the nickname Legend Killer, which will certainly bode well for his pocketbook.
Prediction: Gall wins via 3rd round rear-naked choke.