26-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 4-1-0
July 12, 2018 Mickey Gall News
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Gall (4-1-0) has been added to the Aug. 25 card for UFC Fight Night in Lincoln, Neb., the Lincoln Journal Star reports. He'll take on George Sullivan (17-6-0) in a welterweight bout.
Gall will return to the Octagon for the first time since November after losing to Randy Brown in a unanimous decision at UFC 217 and receiving a 45-day medical suspension thereafter. Sullivan, meanwhile, enters the fight coming off back-to-back losses, dropping his UFC record to 3-3.
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Fantasy AnalysisGall struggled to land offense with regularity, which was a result of Brown's speed and length. While he showed a strong second frame with impressive mat control, the other two rounds were lacking. Gall suffered his first career loss as a result, dropping a unanimous decision to Brown. The NYSAC also gave Gall a 45-day medical suspension following the fight, pending clearance by a physician. Other fighters given similar timeframes pending clearance include Aleksei Oleinik, Aeimann Zahabi, Corey Anderson, Georges St-Pierre and Stephen Thompson.
Fantasy AnalysisObviously going up against Brown is a bit more difficult than fighting CM Punk. Gall's strong performance in Round 2 was sandwiched around terrible efforts in Rounds 1 and 3. Gall had significant problems with the length and speed of Brown on the feet. Even in the second round, which he clearly won, Gall spent the majority of the frame controlling Brown on the mat and not landing a ton of offense. It was a poor effort. It is also the first loss of Gall's professional career.
Fantasy AnalysisGall (4-0) has utilized the rear-naked choke to finish all three of his UFC bouts in victories. His submissions over Mike Jackson, CM Punk and Sage Northcutt all came in 2016, making this matchup his first in the 2017 season. Thus far, Gall has presented himself as a skilled grappler with an average 4.66 takedowns landed each fight with 100 percent accuracy.
Fantasy AnalysisIf that wasn't enough, Gall announced in his post-fight interview with FOX Sports' Brian Stann that he plans to drop down to lightweight for his next fight and he wants Dan Hardy. Gall is just 24-years-old and he has all of four professional fights, but he has the mat skills of a 10-year veteran. Whenever Gall pushed forward for takedown, Northcutt didn't have a prayer of stopping him. Gall took his time on the mat, didn't tire himself, and eventually clamped on the RNC that got the stoppage. Gall (6-foot-2) is tall for the welterweight division, and he would be massive for the lightweight division. The highlight of Mickey's performance on Saturday was his grappling, but he also landed a gorgeous right hand to the side of Sage's head that sent Northcutt crumbling to the mat. While we need to see more from Gall, there appears to be a ton of potential here.
Fantasy AnalysisImmediately after annihilating former WWE superstar CM Punk at UFC 203, Gall made his wish to fight Northcutt loud and clear, and that wish will be granted at a December event. Gall is still greatly inexperienced in his MMA career, but his three professional fights have resulted in three rear-naked choke victories in the first round. You can't argue with results.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a total mismatch from the start, as many expected. Gall scored a takedown just mere seconds after the opening bell rang and he easily finished Punk off from there. He was facing a 37-year-old who had never had a professional fight before, but Gall's athletic ability and submission skills were evident. Gall still isn't going to get any respect because most everyone will think that they themselves could have defeated Punk on Saturday evening, but with just two pro fights under his belt entering this one, Gall deserves credit for keeping his cool and performing on what may very well end up being the biggest stage of his entire career. He's young and marketable and although a Punk win would have been the best result for the UFC from a business perspective, Gall did a heck of a job in the role of the villain. He called out Sage Northcutt in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. Make it happen, Dana!
Fantasy AnalysisA talented, young kid with a charismatic personality, Gall got very lucky when he was selected to be Punk's first opponent. The 24-year-old only has only had two professional fights, each of which resulted in first-round submission wins via RNC. Gall may ultimately be nothing more than roster depth, but it's easy to see why he's favored over Punk.
Fantasy AnalysisGall was announced long ago as the opponent for Punk in his UFC debut, but the fight took months to come to fruition due to Punk suffering multiple injuries. Now, the two are booked for a highly-anticipated event in Cleveland, with Gall opening as approximately a -300 betting favorite. Gall has just one UFC fight on his resume: an impressive first-round submission victory over Mike Jackson. His only two professional victories have been via submission, but the small sample size is worth acknowledging.
Fantasy AnalysisThis effort tells up nothing about how good Gall truly is, but he has now "earned" the right to be the man who welcomes former WWE champion CM Punk into the world of MMA. Gall is young and athletic and he appears to have a decent ground game. It would be a bit of an upset if he isn't the betting favorite over the 37-year-old Punk. The UFC is reportedly leaning towards having the bout take place at UFC 199 this summer.