Mickey Gall suffered the second loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career at the hands of Diego Sanchez a few weeks ago at UFC 235, losing to the original Ultimate Fighter via second round technical knockout (see it).
Shortly after the defeat, Mickey took to Instagram to reveal he passed out a few days prior due to the weight-cutting process, with his body shutting down in the opening round of the fight. And during an interview on The MMA Hour, Gall went into more detail, revealing that his kidneys had failed him.
“My kidneys were failing,” Gall said via MMA Fighting. “Before the fight, I didn’t really know. I could feel — I guess, looking back you could tell a couple of warning signs, like something was going on, but I didn’t go to the fight thinking, ‘Fuck it, whatever, it’s just kidneys.’ I really didn’t know,” he added.
“But then when I got in the fight, I was zapped right away. I was zapped. I re-watched the fight, I’m like in slow motion. I remember struggling for balance, just trying to stay on my feet. It was crazy.”
Sanchez had his way with the much younger fighter, pushing the pace throughout before putting on the finishing touches in the second frame to score his second straight win.
As for Gall, he did reveal weight-cutting wasn’t actually a struggle, but his fainting spell adds to the ever-growing list of instances when a fighter passed out and suffered major medical issues while trying to make weight for a fight.
That said, Gall revealed he was taken to the hospital for testing and was ultimately diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which can lead to kidney failure.
“I did have rhabdo, but they also think it was like a perfect storm of drops in the bucket that made this happen,” Gall said. “My stomach was a little off for fight week, I had some diarrhea when I was supposed to be cutting weight. And then I did the weight cut — this weight cut was way easier than my last one. I believe sometimes you’ve got to just put the pain in and get through the weight cut. It wasn’t really necessary, I was singing, having a good time, got the weight off.
“At one point I did, when I stood up, I passed out. Which I didn’t think — at the time, I was like, ‘I don’t know, sometimes people pass out, I guess.’ It was easy to write it off, all the warning signs. Not my stomach or my back or my kidneys, like you don’t know what a kidney feeling weird really is like.”
Gall will take it easy for a few weeks before going back to training in hopes of locking down another fight to be able to completely show off all of his skills. Any suggestions as to who he should face next?