Mickey Gall somehow, someway defeated superstar fighter Sage Northcutt on Saturday night – ha, just kidding, beating lame Sage Northcutt was easy. Anyway, after his victory, Gall took the mic and issued another call out.
To whom? you might ask. Well, to long-retired fighter and now commentator Dan Hardy. Which is, well, um, kind of weird. But whatever.
Yesterday, on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour”, Hardy responded:
“I almost spat my tea out of my mouth when I was watching it,” Hardy said in a joint interview with Gall on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “It was like four o’clock in the morning when I was watching, and I just wasn’t expecting it. I appreciate the callout. I appreciate the respect that you’ve shown me. But I’ve never fought anybody with less than eight fights, not even in my first pro fight. It’s just, we’re in different phases of our careers.
“I’m not looking at knocking off a future contender that I’m possibly going to commentating for in the future. And at the same time, if I was going to fight, I want to fight a veteran. I want to fight someone who’s had 20, 30 fights, who’s matured in their game and is sure of their fighting style, rather than someone who’s still developing. I like to see the development of these young fighters and I don’t want to interfere with that in any way. I’m 10 years older.”
Hardy was a solid fighter in his day, but he is one of the best commentators in the business, so I’d rather see him in the broadcast booth than in the cage. This is the best outcome.