Saturday night in the co-main event of ‘UFC Fight Night: Sacramento’, welterweight prospects Sage Northcutt and Mickey Gall stepped into the Octagon in a highly anticipated matchup between two of the brightest prospects in not only the 170 pound division, but the UFC.
While Gall went into the fight with just a 3-0 professional record, he was able to pick up the biggest win of his career when he submitted ‘Super’ Sage in the second round with a rear-naked choke. The performance was certainly an impressive one for the 24-year old as he not only cemented his place in the UFC, but proved that despite the fact that he is relatively young in the sport, he is a legitimate UFC prospect.
One of the more interesting moments in the fight came when Gall lay on his back, with ‘Super’ Sage looking down on him. The pair exchanged some words, as Gall motioned for Northcutt to come to the ground.
During the post-fight press conference, Gall revealed what was said between the pair:
“You saw how the fight went down, I think it helped me.”
“He said, ‘Get up, get up,’ and I was like, ‘No, why don’t you come down – I thought your jiu-jitsu is better than mine,’” Gall said. “Because he said that in the (preview) show.
“And then I got up and I’m like, ‘What are you tired?’ And he said, ‘I never get tired.’ I gotta say, I like Sage with an edge.”
Northcutt then took the offensive in the trash talking aspect, pointing out a cut he opened up on Gall’s forehead, which was initially opened in his preparation for his UFC 203 fight with CM Punk.
“He was like, ‘Ooh, that one is good,’”
Gall then went on to discuss his post-fight callout of MMA veteran Dan Hardy, who is looking to make his return to the Octagon after a lengthy layoff due to an unfortunate diagnosis of a heart condition.
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“I did some Googling, and he said he wants to come back, and he wants a marquee fight,” Gall said. “I think he would look at me and say that’s a nice fight for me. Hopefully, he’ll take that bait.
“But for real, I’m a big fan of his, and it would be an honor to fight him. Big names make nice trophies. I’m tossing out a Hail Mary, like I did with CM Punk. If it doesn’t happen, that’s OK. I’d love to see him come back. I’d definitely like to see him fight me.”