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Gall Says Northcutt “Might Go to Sleep”


UFC lightweight Sage Northcutt was groomed for stardom from an early age by his father and trainer Mark Monroe Northcutt. The elder Northcutt is a controversial figure. Last year he pulled his son out of training at the famed TriStar gym in Montreal, citing the potential for getting overworked. In the 90s, his behavior was apparently far darker than simply baffling.

Northcutt then prepared his son for a fight with The Fight Lab’s Bryan Barberena by lifting at a local health club, and rolling at a gym with no MMA fighters. Sage lost.

Back in June, Northcutt appeared on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour to discuss his future.

 “I haven’t been at a gym where there is sparring or any MMA fighters at the gym. The gym I’m specifically at is a Gracie Barra gym, so in the future obviously I will,” he said. :I can spar and train my technique in different ways, going up to Tristar, getting different training partners, different UFC fighters who are in there, very talented, and getting to learn the most I can out of everything.”

Northcutt came back to beat Enrique Marin at UFC 200 on July 9. Now he fights Mickey Gall at UFC on FOX 22 on Saturday, December 17. But he apparently didn’t make to TriStar. However, Gall did, and will have TriStar founder Firas Zahabi in his corner vs. Northcutt.

“I asked [why Northcutt left] and they said that he was a little homesick,” said Gall during a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr for MMA Mania. “And some of the guys were saying that he really didn’t work that hard. They didn’t think he had that, a hard worker and that they expect me to beat him up.”

Gall says his striking and his grappling are superior to Northcutt’s

“Pick your poison — I’m going to hurt him in either spot,” said Gall. “If I hit him with some shots, he might go to sleep. If we go to the ground, I am levels above him there. Yeah, I think my stand up is better than his and my ground is better than his.”

“I didn’t get to showcase any of that in the C.M. Punk fight. He came at me hot, charging at me, so I just changed levels and put him on his back. And then Michael Jackson, the one punch I threw dropped him, so I didn’t really get to showcase anything. I have been working really diligently with my striking coach Sean Diggs. I want to turn some heads, show people what I can do.”

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