Hardy Denies Gall’s Call-Out
Few fighters have had a more unconventional start to their UFC career than Mickey Gall. The 4-0 fighter built his name off callouts: first, WWE star CM Punk, and then young phenom Sage Northcutt. After defeating both of those opponents, Gall’s latest call-out was a head-scratcher: former welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy.
Hardy has been retired from MMA since 2012, but has recently said that he is interesting in returning the sport. Gall must have been aware of that planned comeback, and he called Hardy out after choking out Northcutt in Sacramento on Saturday.
Appearing on Monday’s edition of the MMA Hour, the veteran Hardy respectfully declined Gall’s challenge.
"I’m not looking at knocking off a future contender that I’m possibly going to be commentating for in the future. And at the same time, if I was going to fight, I want to fight a veteran,” Hardy said. “I want to fight someone who’s had 20, 30 fights, who’s matured in their game and is sure of their fighting style, rather than someone who’s still developing.”
“I like to see the development of these young fighters and I don’t want to interfere with that in any way. I’m 10 years older."
Gall, appearing on the same episode, did not seem too offended by Hardy rejecting his call-out. Gall, who has won all four of his pro bouts by rear-naked choke, offered Hardy his respect and looked forward to other opportunities.
"He has a right to feel that way,” Gall said. “I respect that too. That’s cool. You’re a legend. It would’ve been an honor to fight you. That’s cool, man. I love you, Dan."