Randy Brown derailed hype train of 'privileged little kid' Mickey Gall at UFC 217

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NEW YORK – Randy Brown didn’t expect to be booed in his hometown, especially against a guy from New Jersey.

“I’m from Queens, and I didn’t get the love,” Brown (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) told reporters backstage at UFC 217. “I was like, ‘all right.’”

Fighting Mickey Gall (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), a Garden State native, he could understand why the general populous might underestimate him. Gall had shot to stardom on “Dana White: Looking for a Fight,” the same show that launched his UFC career. Gall had beaten ex-WWE champ Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, and then Sage Northcutt, the most heavily hyped fighter to emerge from the UFC president’s talent showcase.

“He’s the more popular guy,” Brown said. “I get that. He’s got all those WWE fans.”

It still hurt to see on his home turf. But Brown knew something else: superior skill beats hype.

“The realness is in the cage,” he said.

On Saturday, Brown showed UFC fans the truth of that statement by outworking Gall en route to a decision victory on the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden.

Gall talked himself up quite a bit beforehand, calling Brown “a gift” and joking his opponent was to fight for the “Looking for a Fight” title he won by beating Northcutt.

Brown saw the interviews proclaiming dominance and the swagger from Gall, a fighter with whom he’d trained on two occasions and considered a friend. In the weeks before the fight, Brown said he warned Gall.

“I was like, ‘Make sure that man shows up, the person you faking to be, if he doesn’t show up, you’re going to be bleeding, and you’re going to get hurt,’” he said. “Tonight that man didn’t show up.”

Although Gall implied he had the inside track on Brown from their previous work together, the opposite played out inside the octagon. Brown repeatedly outstruck Gall and cut him up with ground and pound after nabbing takedowns.

By the final round, Gall’s face was a mask of red as Brown pounded away. The final scorecards were 29-28 twice and 29-27.

“These cameras come in. This is a facade. This is a part of the game. But you need to be secure within yourself and actually be secure within yourself and actually know what you can do,” Brown said. “You can’t fall into this and try to act. Nah, man. That will catch up to you. And tonight it caught up to him.”

To be sure, Brown still considers Gall a friend and thinks the young fighter will be back better than ever. Only for now, a correction is in order.

“He’s a privileged little kid, and I just had to fight for it,” Brown said.

As he made his way to the UFC, Brown never got the same amount of hype as Gall. He didn’t call out Punk, of course, and suffered setbacks in the octagon. Now that he’s accomplished what he set out to do, it would be understandable if he wanted his promoter to transfer the attention bestowed on Gall.

Instead, Brown wants to earn those hometown cheers.

“It’s my job to be who I am and make people want to see me, and that’s what I’m going to do,” Brown said. “I don’t need anybody to give me any false accolades and build me up. I build myself up.”

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 217 results: Randy Brown tops Mickey Gall in back-and-forth-and-back-again fight

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In a fight that was back and forth and back again, Randy Brown picked up a unanimous decision over Mickey Gall in a bloody ground fight.

Brown (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) beat Gall (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) with a pair of 29-28 scores and a 29-27. Brown easily won the first and third rounds, but had to survive an equally dominant second round from Gall to get the decision.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

The two looked for openings early, and 20 seconds in Brown chased Gall down and landed several punches and backed Gall to the fence. Gall regained his compusure and came back with a right hand that landed. A minute in, the two clinched up and traded position along the fence. Brown landed a solid pair of knees to the body, then was able to get a pair to the head. Surprisingly, Brown took Gall down and got to side control immediately.

Gall recovered to guard, but Brown got back to his feet and postured up for ground-and-pound. Gall worked for submissions from his back and Brown’s corner encouraged him to get back to his feet. But he stayed down and worked ground-and-pound. With 20 seconds left, Brown cut Gall with a big elbow to the forehead to cap off a dominant first frame.

Brown came out swinging early in the second and once again brought the fight to the canvas. But seconds later, Gall reversed position and got on top. Borwn tried to fight his way out, but Gall stayed on top and got to side control with three minutes left in the round. Gall started landing elbows of his own and smothered Brown, who appeared worn down. Gall continued to try to get to full mount. With a 45 seconds left, Gall threatened with a guillotine choke, and with 25 seconds left popped to full mount briefly. Brown got to the third, but it was a massive turning of the tide.

In the third, Brown landed an uppercut that took Gall off his feet. On the canvas, Brown got on top in Gall’s guard. The earlier cut on Gall’s head was busted open and bleeding everywhere. Gall tried to get back out, but couldn’t sweep back to his feet. With two minutes left, he nearly got out, but Brown remained on top. With 80 seconds left, Gall got an arm-in guillotine choke after one of many fence grabs in the fight, but Brown popped his head out. With 10 seconds left, Brown stood up and cockily told Gall to get back to his feet. But there clearly wasn’t enough time for him to get anything done.

Brown got back in the win column after a loss in February and has won three of his past four. Gall suffered the first loss of his pro career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 217 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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Mickey Gall says Brown fighting for 'Lookin' for a Fight' belt he took from Northcutt

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NEW YORK – UFC welterweight Mickey Gall remains the most successful product of “Dana White’s Lookin’ for a Fight” Web series. But there’s only so long he wants to be known for that.

After beating ex-WWE champ turned MMA fighter Phil “CM Punk” Brooks in his debut, and then deflating the hype of fellow reality show vet Sage Northcutt, Gall (4-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is ready to return to the main-card, pay-per-view life.

First, though, the 25-year-old New Jersey native must put away Randy Brown (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), another veteran of the show.

“I’ve got the ‘Lookin’ for a Fight’ belt. I took that from Sage,” Gall joked to MMAjunkie at a media day for UFC 217, where he faces Brown on the FS1-televised prelims at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “He had it, I took it, and now I’m giving Randy a shot at it.”

Brown has been more active than Gall inside the UFC octagon since the show, but he’s struggled with consistency, losing two of his five appearances. The fight doesn’t appear to be a step up for Gall, who’s won three straight, including his high-profile debut.

Gall looks at the fight as “a gift,” but anticipates bigger challenges in the future.

“This might be my last ‘Lookin’ for a Fight’ guy, so I’m going to coast off into the sunset with that belt, and then as I become a legit welterweight contender, and then No. 15, 10, No. 5, and then I’ll have a title shot,” he said.

Gall faces a crowded field in the 170-pound division. Not only that, he’s got to cut through the noise of contenders vying for title shots against champ Tyron Woodley. Now, the callouts that helped him get a high-profile debut against Punk are downright commonplace.

“I’ve noticied a huge wave in callouts over the past year or two,” Gall said. “I think I’m a reason for that. I think people are seeing my success with it. There’s been people doing it for years, but now, it’s become, like, mandatory.

“After certain fights, like Tony Ferguson calling out (Conor) ‘McNuggets’ (McGregor) or Jon Jones calling out Brock Lesnar. There’s a million of them. (Cris) Cyborg is calling chicks out on Instagram. So I think people are figuring it out.

“It’s a chance to get your say; you can put your two cents in. It adds a little bit of drama. It makes it a little personal, and it makes it fun. We’re not just athletes – we’re entertainers.”

Not everyone is cut out for the approach he took, however.

“There’s some clunky ones,” he said. “They’re very cringe-worthy. Sometimes people act out of your character, and that’s a problem. If that’s not you – take Jim Miller. He won’t be calling someone out. So he doesn’t. But some of these guys are like, ‘Let me try to become a star now,’ and it just comes off bad and fraudulent and cringey.”

Gall has learned a few lessons about the timing of such invitations, as well. A previous callout of the retired Dan Hardy was met with a shrug from the onetime welterweight title challenger, who noted he was retired and had no intention of fighting an up-and-comer.

That isn’t going to stop Gall from speaking up. He has another callout in mind if he takes the win from Brown on Saturday. Of course, he’s keeping the lid on until he steps up to the post-fight mic.

After all, there won’t be much drama to add unless there’s some suspense.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2557 with Urijah Faber, Duane Ludwig, Mickey Gall

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Urijah Faber, Duane Ludwig and Mickey Gall.

Faber talked about his busy weekend, which included supporting Lance Palmer at PFL: Fight Night on Thursday and bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 on Saturday. Ludwig, despite all the animosity with Team Alpha Male, wanted to be clear that he loves all the guys at the Sacramento-based gym. His only differences are with Faber. Gall feels like more fighters are taking the cue that he and others before him laid out, being more vocal post-fight and connecting with the promotion and fans on upcoming matchups.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Mickey Gall, Duane Ludwig and Jason Buchamer

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Mickey Gall, Duane Ludwig and Jason Buchamer.

Fast-rising Gall fights fellow welterweight Randy Brown on Saturday’s UFC 217 preliminary card. Ludwig corners T.J. Dillashaw, who challenges bantamweight titleholder Cody Garbrandt, in the co-headliner of the event. Former MMAjunkie Radio intern Buchamer recaps the latest episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 26.”

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Mickey Gall

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Mickey Gall.

Fast-rising Gall fights fellow welterweight Randy Brown on Saturday’s UFC 217 preliminary card.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Mickey Gall returns at UFC 217 in New York City

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Fast-rising welterweight prospect Mickey Gall is slated for a return at UFC 217.

Gall (4-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) meets Randy Brown (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at the fall event, officials today announced via newsday.com.

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Gall and Brown both earned UFC contracts via the “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” series.

Gall, a 25-year-old New Jersey native, is 3-0 since joining the UFC as a 1-0 pro. In his UFC debut, he submitted Mike Jackson to earn the right to fight MMA newcomer Phil “CM Punk” Brooks. Gall choked out the former WWE star in a little more than two minutes, and then in his next bout, he tapped out once-top prospect Sage Northcutt.

He now meets Brown, a New York-based 27-year-old. The former Ring of Combat champion won three of his four UFC fights. However, after back-to-back stoppage victories over Erick Montano and Brian Camozzi, he dropped a decision to Belal Muhammad in his most recent appearance. Eight of Brown’s nine career wins have come via stoppage.

The latest UFC 217 card includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 213 winner Chad Laprise explains why he called out 'spoon-fed' Mickey Gall

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LAS VEGAS – Immediately after beating Brian Camozzi at Saturday’s UFC 213, Chad Laprise joined the ever-growing list of men who want a stab at Mickey Gall.

Speaking to reporters backstage after the third-round TKO of Camozzi  (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC), Laprise (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) explained the reasoning behind the callout made in the octagon. Spoiler alert: It sounds a lot like the same one given by all the other fighters who have asked for Gall (4-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in their own speeches.

“He’s just been spoon-fed,” Laprise said after the FS1-televised welterweight bout at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. “He was on (the ‘Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight’) show. I had to work my way here. I went through ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ I won ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’

“This is my seventh fight in the UFC now. I fought all tough guys. Mickey Gall fought C.M. Punk and a reporter (Mike Jackson) who’d never had a fight in his life. I want to give him a test to fight a real guy. I have no disrespect against him – good on the kid. But come fight me and things will be different.”

Laprise says the issue is not personal – and that Gall not only “seems like a good kid” but also possesses some skills of his own. But, ultimately, he doesn’t foresee a particularly tough night against him.

“Obviously, getting Mickey Gall is a long shot,” Laprise said. “Everybody wants to fight Mickey Gall. He’s one of the easiest guys, who has the biggest name.

“He’s not UFC level. He can beat lower-ranked guys. He’s OK. I’m sure he has decent jiu-jitsu. But he’s not a guy like me-level. He’s not a lot of guys that are in the welterweight division-level. Obviously, I’m not someone who wants to trash talk. I’m just saying, facts are facts.”

Laprise even has a time and location in mind: Sept. 9, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where UFC 215 is set to take place. And though he’s aware Gall may be a hard get, Ontario’s Laprise trusts he’s getting his home-country fight regardless.

“I am fighting there,” Laprise said. “It’s not confirmed, but I was barking at (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby from the side of the cage. I was already getting ready for a fight in Edmonton before I took this fight. That was the fight I was planning on happening.

“I saw that Camozzi’s opponent got hurt, so I right away called Sean. I said, ‘Listen, Sean. I’ll step in and take fight.’ He said sure. So I said, ‘But I’ll fight in Edmonton after.’”

That may end up working out perfectly, since Laprise remembers reading on social media that Gall – who’s been flying under the radar since a UFC on FOX 22 submission win over Sage Northcutt in December – was aiming for an end-of-summer return.

Laprise, who hadn’t fought since a TKO win over Thibault Gouti at last August’s UFC on FOX 21, says he was “chomping at the bit” to return after recovering from injury. He was so ready, in fact, that the short one-month camp for Camozzi ended up not being a problem.

“I’m healthy now,” Laprise said. “And I’ll fight tomorrow if I get another fight again.”

More realistically, however, the plan is to take a week off and get back to the gym to prepare for that UFC 215 spot he’s got his sights on.

To hear from Laprise himself, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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