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Rivalries: Mickey Gall


Mickey Gall’s tenure in the Ultimate Fighting Championship thus far can be described as consistently inconsistent.

The Miller Brothers MMA product will step into the Octagon for the 11th time when he takes on promotional newcomer Mike Mallott as part of the UFC 273 undercard on Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. Gall, 30, has alternated wins and losses in each of his last seven appearances. He last competed at UFC on ESPN 31, where he was edged out by Alex Morono in three rounds on Dec. 4.

As Gall gets ever closer to his showdown with Mallott, take a look at some of the rivalries that helped shape his career:

Gall submitted the former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar and current All Elite Wrestling with a rear-end choke during the first round of their UFC 203 welterweight showcase on September 10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Brooks, who has spent the past two years training under Duke Roufus at Roufusport Academy in Milwaukee, hit the choke at 2:14 of the first round. Gall ducked under the oncoming “CM Punk” and landed a double leg takedown in the opening 10 seconds. He lit up Brooks with the ground and the pound, switched to side control and finally advanced to the back. From there, Gall hacked with punches, slid his arms into place and secured the choke for the finish.

The Alpha Male team rep once again fell short of expectations when he submitted to a rear choke from Gall in the second round of their UFC co-main event on Fox 22 on the 17th. December 2016 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA. Northcutt retired 1:40 into the second round. Gall neutralized the Texan with takedowns and position control for much of the opening lap, pulling off a full climb in the closing seconds. Northcutt, just 20 at the time, appeared to have the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt reeling from the punches in the middle stanza. However, Gall broke out of a clinch and dropped it with an overhand right to the side of the head. He then sprawled out of a takedown, rolled over Northcutt’s back, laced his legs into a body triangle and tightened the choke. The victory moved Gall to 4-0.

The former Ring of Combat champion improved his stock when he took a unanimous decision from previously undefeated Gall in the UFC 217 undercard on November 4, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The scores were 29-28, 29-28 and 29-27. Gall had his moments and was particularly dominant in the second round, where he smothered his Jamaican opponent in top position, floated from side control to full mount and fished for submissions. It wasn’t enough to defeat Brown. He relied on bookend tricks, took first place and bloodied Gall with elbows, forearm strikes and hammer fists. Brown spent most of round three on top, controlling the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and applying his ground and pound when necessary.

‘Platinum Mike’ relied on power punches, airtight takedown defense and surprisingly effective grappling as he came away with a unanimous decision over Gall in their co-headliner UFC on ESPN 12 on June 27, 2020 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Perry swept the scorecards with 29-28 points across the board. The Flint, Michigan native’s pressure and persistence overwhelmed Gall. Perry knocked down the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with a deaf right hand in the second round, but gave his best in the third, where he pieced together combinations, moved into first position, climbed into full mount and unleashed his ground-and-pound before breaking free from a triangle choke attempt.

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