Earlier today we announced that the UFC had another welterweight fight to their upcoming May 16 card.
Mickey Gall announced on Instagram that he accepted a fight on short notice and will be fighting on May 16. He then confirmed to MyMMANews that he would fight UFC newcomer Philip Rowe.
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Yesterday I accepted a fight on 12 days notice. May 16 I’ll be in Florida fighting w the @ufc 👊 I’m going to train I’m taking a break from Technique Tuesday this week. Instead check my story I’ll be sharing my coach @david_adiv technique vids and more. Looking forward to putting on a show for you guys next Saturday. Much love 👊❤️🙏
“I got a call from the UFC on Monday and they wanted answer by the end of the day,” Gall told MyMMANews. “I thought about it and talked it over and decided I wanted to take it.”
Editor’s note post-publication: It appears that Rowe will not take the short notice fight, instead opting to take a fight that he had previously been offered and trained for, and will not be rebooked.
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Gall (6-2) is coming off an unanimous decision win over Salim Touahri in August 2019. He has gone 5-2 since signing with the UFC in 2016.
Meanwhile, Rowe (7-2) will be making his UFC debut. He earned a UFC contract in August 2019 on Dana White’s Contender Series.
While Rowe isn’t known by many UFC fans, Gall is familiar with him and has seen him fight before. Gall is confident that he’ll finish Rowe based on the fact that he’s been keeping himself in great shape.
“I’ve been running a lot and I just did a five mile run over the weekend,” Gall said. “I’ve also been doing a lot of wrestling practices, so even though I wasn’t in camp, I was staying active and keeping myself in good shape.”
Mickey Gall is looking to stay busy in 2020 and would like to fight again soon close to his home in New Jersey. While his full attention is on Rowe at the moment, he is looking at fighting again on a possible July 1 card in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
The UFC’s May 16 card will be held in Jacksonville Fla. Heavyweight’s Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris will fight in the main event.