Mickey Gall reached out to matchmaker Sean Shelby recently and asked to get on the UFC 244 card at Madison Square Garden Nov. 2. Gall is a New Jersey guy, has competed at MSG before and just came off of a hometown win in nearby Newark, New Jersey.
Shelby responded to the inquiry with a couple of different choices: fight at Madison Square Garden like Gall has requested, or wait four weeks and fight Carlos Condit in Washington, DC.
As one would expect, Gall chose the latter and will face Condit at UFC on ESPN 7 on Dec. 7. The event will take place at Capitol One Arena in the first event hosted by the nation’s capital in over four years.
“I was like, ‘F**k yeah! Let’s do that, no problem! MSG? Goodbye! I’m alright, I don’t need that,'” Gall told MyMMANews.com. “MSG will be around again, I don’t think Carlos Condit will be around again. You know me, I won’t balk at an opportunity. So I’m gonna go in there and whoop his ass.”
Gall also discusses how big of an opportunity this fight is and why it was the best option, how he hasn’t forgotten about Mike Perry and wanting to “punch his nose back in” down the road, making his UFC TV debut during a Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight promo during UFC 195 where Condit challenged Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title in the main event, what his training camp will look like and how he plans on traveling a little bit early on, getting an extra boost from his recent win at UFC Newark, what a win over Condit will do for his career and much more.
The 27-year-old Gall also discusses how Condit was a fighter he and his friends had to watch when he competed as he was getting into the sport. Now, he will stand across the Octagon from the former world champion.
“It’s a an idols becomes rivals kind of thing,” Gall explained. “Carlos Condit, that’s a dude me and all of my boys looked up to. That’s a guy we know is ‘The Natural Born Killer’. We know who he is, we know his game, we know what he does. We looked up to him but this is the way the page gets turned.
“There’s a new ‘Natural Born Killer’ in town, and that’s me.”
Check out the full interview with Mickey Gall in the video above as he prepares to face Carlos Condit at UFC on ESPN 7.