Randy Brown hands Mickey Gall his first professional loss at UFC 217

Randy Brown bloodied up Mickey Gall en route to a unanimous decision win

Randy Brown has brought the hype train surrounding Mickey Gall to a screeching halt.

On Saturday night at UFC 217, Brown bloodied and battered Gall en route to a unanimous decision victory to kick off the preliminary fights on FS1.

Gall, who came to prominence after making short work of former WWE superstar CM Punk in last year, had looked unstoppable through his first three fights in the UFC but he faced real adversity for the first time going up against a four-fight Octagon veteran in Brown.

Brown came out aggressive early and landed a takedown on Gall, which seemed like a bad idea considering the New Jersey native is well known for his ground game. Still, Brown put on a dominant showing as he blasted away at Gall from the top while also opening up a cut on his forehead while raining down elbows.

The second round was almost completely reversed after Gall was able to sweep Brown from the bottom and he maintained dominant control from the top. Gall wasn’t able to grab onto any submission attempts, however, instead opting to pepper away from the top until the round ended.

Knowing the fight was likely tied, Brown picked up the pace at the start of the third when he landed a thudding uppercut that hurt Gall before taking the fight back to the ground. Brown stayed on top absolutely blasting away with punches as Gall just looked stuck without any way to escape.

When the fight was over, Brown has clearly done enough to win as the scorecards read 29-28, 29-28, and 29-27 all in his favor.

As for Gall, he suffers the first loss of his career and now it will be interesting to see how he picks up the pieces and returns to action for his next fight in 2018.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.