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Dan Hardy “Almost Spat my Tea Out” After Hearing Mickey Gall’s Call Out

Kelsey Mowatt

Mickey Gall

More than a few folks were surprised and or shocked when Mickey Gall called out Dan Hardy on Saturday, including “The Outlaw” himself.

Following Gall’s submission win over Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 22, the 24 year-old proceeded to announce that he wants to fight Hardy. Gall was respectful in his call out, and he also relayed he’s a fan of Hardy, but the comments certainly raised eyebrows.

Well, the British veteran appeared on “The MMA Hour” recently, and Hardy was asked for his reaction to the call-out. Here is some of what the 34 year-old fighter had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I almost spat my tea out of my mouth when I was watching it,” Hardy said. “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.”

 You could also make the argument that Hardy has nothing to gain by fighting Gall. If he wins, well, he was supposed to, since he’s got over 30 bouts on his record and challenged for the WW crown at one point. If he loses, then Hardy’s comeback would quickly lose steam.
Gall aside, hopefully we see Hardy back in the Octagon soon. The heavy handed fighter hasn’t fought since 2012 due to a rare heart condition. More recently, however, Hardy has reported he’s confident he’ll be cleared to fight again.

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