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Welcome to CagedInsider’s coverage of UFC 217, a big pay-per-view event coming to us from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The marquee bout has middleweight champ Michael Bisping going head to head against formerly retired welterweight legend Georges St-Pierre, and there are tons of pretty damn compelling fights peppered throughout the rest of the card. But first…

…It’s Randy Brown and Mickey Gall. Both men were culled from the minor leagues courtesy of “Dana White’s ‘Looking for a Fight'” show, and both have had some success in the Octagon. Gall is most notable for his ground game, which enabled him to totally handle the beloved Sage Northcutt last December.

Those grappling skills don’t mean much when the first round unfolds, as Brown maximizes his reach advantage with aggression, and immediately starts marking Gall up with strikes from outside. Gall has no answer for it, and when Brown takes him down and eases into top position, Gall doesn’t have much of an answer for the ground and pound that makes him bloody.

But Brown’s fight IQ gets in the way of his progress in the second, and when he gets swept and winds up on the bottom, he spends the entire frame struggling to survive while Gall smothers him.

Throughout the bout Gall is repeatedly warned by the referee for grabbing the fence and inserting his fingers into Brown’s gloves (both are rules violations). And in Round 3, he blatantly latches onto the cage to set up a guillotine attempt. The referee does nothing about it, but Brown – who managed an early takedown and took up residence in top position – dodges the submission and simply pounds on him. Time runs out and there’s no mystery who took two of the three rounds.


Results: Randy Brown def. Mickey Gall via Unanimous Decision