Sage Northcutt has admitted that he is open to the idea of fighting Mickey Gall, but only if the bout takes place in December.
Gall recently defeated CM Punk via submission in the first round at UFC 203 and subsequently called out rival Northcutt, saying he wants stiffer competition.
Gall wanted the fight to take place at UFC 205 in New York on November 12, but Northcutt’s father said that his son wouldn’t be able to fight at Madison Square Garden as he is still recovering from a staph infection that has limited the amount of training he can do.
Speaking on The MMA Hour, Northcutt reiterated his interest in fighting Gall and said he has no problem with the fight being a welterweight affair.
"Me and my team reached out UFC. That’s great with me and I am looking forward to it," Northcutt said. "There is nothing confirmed. We are talking to UFC about it and hopefully in December, that’s what we are looking at.
"I like the fact that it’s 170 for this fight because my previous fights I’ve had trouble making weight (for lightweight). So after this fight, I’m going to go back and figure it out."
Northcutt also admitted that he has not been impressed with Gall’s two victories in the UFC as his opponents, Mike Jackson and Punk, did not have a lot of MMA experience.
"His previous two fights in the UFC, he came in and fought two guys, which I’ve never seen happen before, that had an MMA record of nothing," Northcutt said. "They had no pro MMA record, no amateur MMA record. They had no fights at all. Him going in and fighting guys with no experience, both close to 40 years old, it’s like fighting someone's dad that has trained very little for a fight."
Gall believes that he has what it takes to defeat Northcutt, who is 3-1 in the UFC, but the 20-year-old doesn’t see it happening.
"All I can say is that I have better grappling than him and I believe I have better standup. If I go out there, I can take the fight wherever I want. If I want to go out there and knock him out, I can do that," he said. "If I want to take him down and submit him, then I believe I can do that also."