Despite not having as many professional MMA fights as others, Mickey Gall gained spotlight attention in 2016 through his comments and notable victories. His debut professional fight and first win was featured in Dana White’s Looking for a Fight. He won a “CM Punk Sweepstakes” bout via first-round submission in his UFC debut during February 2016. He then, within a span of about three months, submitted both the former WWE superstar and fellow young up-and-comer Sage Northcutt.
But Gall has not impressed everyone.
This year, Kevin Lee has had to struggle through a packed lightweight division, whose champion was busy chasing Floyd Mayweather. But now, Lee will get his big chance on Oct. 7 when he faces Tony Ferguson for the UFC interim lightweight title.
“Mickey Gall has never fought a professional fight. Sage was the first real fighter that he ever fought, and even Sage don’t deserve to be there, so he ain’t fought no pro fights. Why give him the airtime over guys that already got like eight, nine, 10 UFC fights, and they’re real fights against real fighters that don’t get as much airtime?”
It seems Gall doesn’t forget. Recently, on his own MMA Hour appearance, Gall issued a challenge for a no-rules bout in a gym to Lee.
“He was talking **** on your show. That ******* idiot. I’d like to challenge him to a straight fight in the gym. I saw him slide into Ferguson’s DMs trying to do that. I’d like him to slide into mine, and I’d like to get a little no-limit fight with him. We’ll call it a spar.”
While Lee looks for the interim title, and possibly a future showdown with incumbent UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, Gall returns to the Octagon after about 11 months on Nov. 4 at UFC 217 in Madison Square Garden, taking on Randy Brown.