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Diego Sanchez vs Mickey Gall

Diego Sanchez VS Mickey Gall

UFC veteran Sanchez faces prospect Mickey Gall in an intriguing fight due to contrast of styles. Diego Sanchez competed on season one of The Ultimate Fighter, let that sink in. At 37 years of age, he has been in more wars than you could remember. Sadly, he is shell of his former self. What used to be an iron chinned fighter has turned into a sadly shot fighter who cannot take any decent shots anymore. After never been knocked out in his career excepting a doctor stoppage against phenom BJ Penn back in the day, he has been taken out three times in his last five outings, all of them in brutal fashion. He has always been more of a slugger than a technical striker, but he has not stopped or submitted anybody since 2008. He is a decent grappler though, specially difficult to submit. He has never been submitted in his whole career despite having faced some very proficient grapplers.
Enter Mickey Gall. After calling out CM Punk and beating him in his UFC debut, he gained two more wins, the most notable a submission over Sage Northcutt after rocking him on the feet. He then dropped a decision to Randy Brown, a more explosive athlete than he is. He is a quite good Jiu Jitsu player, but his wrestling leaves much to be desired and his striking is a work in progress; it was horrible in the Randy Brown fight. He has been training along former Glory kickboxer Joe Schilling for one and a half years now, so it is expected we see some improvements here.
How does this fight plays out? Sanchez probably only has one path to victory here. His chin is so shot that he cannot exchange anymore. He was getting hurt by everything thrown at him against the mediocre Craig White in his last outing, but he earned a decision win using his wrestling and top control while avoiding getting trapped in a submission.Can he do the same here? Even though Gall is by no means an elite striker, the guess here is he rocks Sanchez early and finishes him. If not he risks suffering the same fate as White, but Craig White is just plain horrible and I cannot trust Diego┬┤s chin anymore. Gall by knockout or maybe rear naked choke after hurting Diego. I like the value on the knockout.