Tony Martin, cup incident aside, earned a clear cut unanimous decision win over Alex White at UFC Fight Night 103.
White victory aside, Martin wants his next fight to be against Mickey Gall.
“If I had to throw out one name, I would say there’s one guy out there that keeps fighters that don’t belong in the UFC – they’re not UFC fighters,” Martin said to MMA Junkie. “He’s 3-0 and he’s fought a guy that’s never fought a mixed martial arts fight, he fought a guy that was a pro wrestler, and then he fought a guy that’s a pretty boy – he’s a nice guy, but he’s just a pretty boy. He’s not a real fighter. So Mickey Gall says he wants to come down to ’55, so I think that’s a great fight. … We’ll see who runs the East Coast, and I’ll show him that Boston runs the town. He’s a clown. He’s fought three nobodies, then he’s going to call out a guy who’s been retired and has brain damage. What is he trying to do? He’s trying to get easy paychecks, easy wins, and acting like he’s this high-level fighter. I think it’s kind of disrespectful and I think that it’s time for him to step up the plate and fight a real fighter.”
Early in the first round of his fight with White, Martin’s protective cup broke and he had to quickly readjust to the situation, which affected him throughout the fight.
“It was kind of an awkward situation and I’m going through my head, ‘I don’t want to take the chance of them calling the fight off over something stupid like this,’ so we just cut off the strings and I just put it in my regular compression shorts,” Martin said. “Obviously it wasn’t tight or anything, and it was moving around the whole time. … It was just kind of an awkward situation and it threw me off. The first 30 seconds, we had the game plan of being first and landing first and it worked out perfectly, and then it all threw off my whole game. I blame myself – I let it mess with my game plan, and that’s what I was mostly disappointed in. But it was a 30-27 win, so you can’t be too disappointed because a win in the UFC is a big win. But I definitely have big expectations for myself and I just want to keep fighting better fighters. Finishes are the key to staying in the game.”
Gall last competed at UFC On Fox 22, where he submitted fellow prospect Sage Northcutt in the second round of their fight.