Mickey Gall did not have a good weekend.
At UFC 235, Gall faced aging veteran Diego Sanchez. In the lead up, Gall was almost dismissive of Sanchez’s chances. After all, the upstart young welterweight was a heavy betting favorite, and seemingly with good reason. When they stepped in the cage, Gall looked to have an enormous size advantage over “Nightmare,” a man who has competed as low as 145 pounds. In the end, that advantage actually ended up hurting him, as Gall was soundly defeated by Sanchez, gassing out and getting stopped with strikes in the second round.
After the fight, Gall took to Instagram to reveal that the loss was just the culmination of the bad weekend as he had a bad weight cut leading up to the fight, wherein he passed out while trying to get down to the 170 pound limit.
“I gassed hard in there. Had an adrenaline dump. I passed out during the weight cut and my body shut down in the first round. I’m sorry to my friends family and fans. Send love to Diego Sanchez, he’s a true legend. This was a nightmare come true for me. I promise I’ll be back soon and better.”
That wasn’t the end of Gall’s bad weekend though. Despite the respect shown to Sanchez after the fight, the former UFC lightweight title challenger was not that inclined to make friends, largely because he thinks Gall is a dirty fighter. Also taking to Instagram, Sanchez accused Gall of cheating in their bout, saying he was bitten and eye gouged by his opponent and even showing what certainly looks like a bite mark on his chest.
“Mickey Gall is still a little b*tch he bit me and eye gouged me! I’m from the streets of burque [Albuquerque] your lucky that ref pulled me off ! OG’s don’t tell the ref they suck it up and street fight! But I had to let ig know.”
Fortunately for Sanchez, he was awarded a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts. Meanwhile, the loss dropped Gall to 1-2 in his last three fights and has the formerly hot prospect looking like his UFC career could be in real jeopardy.
Results. Jon Jones retains while Kamaru Usman wins welterweight gold at UFC 235.
Hypnotize. Tyron Woodley felt ‘flat,’ ‘hypnotized,’ but wants a rematch with Kamaru Usman.
Sorry, Tyron. Dana White says Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington is next.
Defense. Kamaru Usman says he’s going to enjoy ‘brutalizing’ Colby Covington in first UFC title defense.
Next. Dana White would ‘love’ to see Thiago Santos challenge Jon Jones next
Flashback. Jon Jones says he had ‘flashbacks of the Matt Hamill fight’ after illegal knee on Anthony Smith.
Farewell. Mirko Cro Cop suffers stroke, announces retirement.
Post-Fight presser highlights.
Royce White says he’s already reached out to the UFC.
Man, Jon just loves fighting middleweights.
Usman and Jones share an surreal story.
Marty from Nebraska.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 235.
Severe MMA. Breaking down all the action from UFC 235, plus Cage Warriors.
Hey @darrentill2 now that there isn’t much standing between us, I don’t see your loose gums flapping. See you in London, sucka!
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 3, 2019
Ben, your performance was shit.
You barely won.
You are ugly as fuck.
That chin is too big not to miss.
You have no respect for no one.
Ohh… did I say you were a curly headed fuck.
See you in London muppet! https://t.co/HTlDQP5m4g
— Darren Till (@darrentill2) March 3, 2019
Also, this is next level trolling.
Marty fought like a bitch
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 3, 2019
Marc Goddard is a great ref. He also is not great at admitting to errors. He straight up told chastised Usman with “this is a fight” on Saturday, which was completely ridiculous.
The only thing wildly inconsistent is your and your co-comms recollection and observation of ACTUAL events. I’ll save my side for later. https://t.co/WOQqwexqrK
— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) March 4, 2019
He’s still better than Herb though.
Reffing is such a hard job I can’t seem to wrap my head around this one though. If this were Mazagatti everyone would be talking mad shit on him https://t.co/bHWfkAzwEI
— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) March 3, 2019
Yes. Yes he is.
Congrats @USMAN84kg , competing against you was a great experience that made me learn a lot about myself, and grow as a martial artist, as a competitor and as a person. I honestly believed you would be Champion one day, and here you are! it’s much well deserved, congratulations!
— Demian Maia (@demianmaia) March 3, 2019
I hope not because I want Zabe Lincoln to fight Aldo.
Aldo or Volkanovsky???
— Zabit Magomedsharipov (@zabeast_mma) March 3, 2019
Roy has answered the call against “Victor” Belfort.
Last but not least!
Posted by Roy Jones Jr on Sunday, March 3, 2019
Saad Awad (23-10) vs. Brandon Girtz (15-8); Bellator, March 29.
Daniel Straus (25-8) vs. Shane Kruchten (12-4); Bellator, March 29.
2006: Rich Franklin won a unanimous decision over David Loiseau at UFC 58 to retain his middleweight title. This event is perhaps better remembered for Georges St-Pierre winning a controversial split decision over B.J. Penn that earned him a welterweight title shot.
2017: Tyron Woodley won a majority decision over Stephen Thompson in their rematch at UFC 209 retaining his welterweight title. And in the biggest miscarriage in promotional history, neither of the Diaz brothers fought on this card.
I have a great deal of respect for Tyron Woodley as champion. He fought frequently and always took on the top guys. But I’m sorry dude, you put up a performance like that and you don’t get the immediate rematch. You probably don’t ever get a rematch unless you run through 5 top guys in a row. That was too dominant of a loss. Time to just move up to middleweight, where you can make another title run and have a ton of cool fights.
Thanks for reading, enjoy the fights, and see y’all tomorrow.
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