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In the Welterweight division, we have a showdown between Mickey Gall and newcomer Mike “Proper” Malott. Trading wins and loses for the past eight fights, Gall has yet to find his footing inside the octagon. Having signed with the promotion with only one professional fight, the expected growing pains have shown their teeth. Meanwhile, Malott steps into his UFC debut a winner of three-straight. Most recently fighting on Dana White’s Contender Series, Malott impressively submitted Shimon Smotritsky in 39 seconds. Thus earning him a UFC contract and big opportunity against Gall.

As for a prediction, I have Malott winning. While Gall is due for a win, Malott is a tough customer. Well rounded, with a lone blemish coming to the talented Hakeem Dawodu, Malott looks UFC ready. Having won all seven of his victories via stoppage, Malott has shown that he doesn’t need the judges to partake in his fate. He also has not discriminated on how he finishes opponents, with four wins coming via submission and three via knockout. Now, Gall has significantly improved since touching down in the UFC in 2016. However, his striking and cardio still are not where they need to be in order to progress in the Welterweight division. I mean, Gall hasn’t had a winning streak since he started out 4-0. With good grappling and submissions, Gall can stylistically beat lesser grapplers. Something which doesn’t apply to Malott. So with that said, I have Malott winning via TKO.

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