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Mickey Gall anticipates easy work of Sage Northcutt – “I see myself Dominating that kid”

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On Saturday, December 17, two of Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight” products will clash at UFC Fight Night Sacramento’s co-main event.

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Sage Northcutt is among the promotion’s most marketable young stars at 20 years of age, who brings an exciting karate-based striking style to the cage along with an action-figure-like physique and ultra-positive personality. His opponent, Mickey Gall, is just a few years older at 24 years of age, who brings legitimate grappling credentials to the Octagon along with a more aggressive persona who doesn’t shy away from expletives on the microphone or direct call outs of his peers.

Northcutt is a four-fight veteran of the Octagon, amassing a 3-1 record against UFC opponents who have a combined 45-16-1 professional record to this date. Slowly climbing the ladder between 155 and 170 pounds, Sage’s level of competition has steadily grown since his Octagon debut at UFC 192 in Houston. Mickey Gall’s entrance into the Octagon was sparked by his call out of CM Punk after his first-round submission win seen on “Lookin’ for a Fight”. Dana White was intrigued by the move on the mic, which led to a ‘CM Punk Sweepstakes’ of sorts as Mickey Gall had to defeat Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night 82 to land the fight against the former pro wrestler. Gall was successful, and fast forward seven months later, he quickly dispatched CM Punk in the Octagon as well.

Gall’s UFC opponents have a combined professional record of 0-2, making Sage Northcutt his first legitimate test in the Octagon. Mickey Gall doesn’t believe Northcutt will create many problems for him, as long as he doesn’t play his game. Speaking on UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra, Gall stated, “If I play that karate game, it could be dangerous, but I’m going to put pressure on him and make it a dogfight.”

When asked how he sees the fight going, Gall flatly replied, “I see myself dominating that kid.”

Both of Gall’s wins in the Octagon have come by submission, which is where he believes he holds the biggest advantage over Northcutt. Although, if it remains standing, Gall believes he possesses enough power in his hands to end the fight. “On the feet and ground. I’m levels above him on the mat, my jiu-jitsu is levels above him. On the feet, when I hit him, he’s not going to like it. I can knock him out with either one of my hands,” said Gall. As for secondary intentions inside the Octagon, Gall wants to be the first person to open a cut on Northcutt. “We haven’t seen Sage bleed in there, I’d like to make him bleed a little bit.”

Between the two men, Gall’s personality is a nearly a polar opposite of Northcutt’s, who has yet to say anything that could be considered disrespectful on the microphone. While Gall isn’t blatantly disrespectful of anyone, he’s very confident in his abilities and isn’t afraid to let anyone know it. “I have no hate for the kid, but this is a dog-eat-dog sport,” explained Gall.

Gall, a Gracie New Jersey Academy product, believes this fight is just another step towards becoming one of the best fighters in the sport. “I’m aware I’m still a little young in the tooth. I don’t have any delusions about that. But I know on any day I can beat the best guys in the world. Right now I can. Right now, I’m also growing at huge spurts. I think it will be a couple of years before I belong at the top, but I’m going to get there.”

UFC on FOX 22: VanZant vs. Waterson takes place on December 17, 2017, at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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