Can Northcutt be a real threat to UFC welterweight division?
Texan Sage Northcutt will make his UFC debut on October, 3 at UFC 192 in front of the native audience. By now his MMA record is 5-0 (5-1 as an amateur), eight of his ten wins total in scored in the opening round. Good but nothing really special, right? What would you say if you knew the guy is only nineteen?
Northcutt started training karate since he was five and he earned his black belt at the age of eight. After six appearances in USACA – Legacy Amateur Series he scored three first round TKO stoppages via punches at Legacy pro events. But his next fight, the one we offer here, showed it’s not just punches and kicks he relies on. Northcutt’s opponent at LFC 42 on June 26 was Gage Duhon whose record by then was 5-0, all wins via rear naked chokes. No one really could imagine Duhon would be beaten at his own field but that’s just what happened. Northcutt started with a series of vicious kicks one of which dropped Duhon but then brought the fight to the ground and showed no intention of standing up. Finally Northcutt got Duhon’s back and secured a rear naked choke.
After that win first talks of Northcutt’s possible UFC future appeared but it took one more fight, against Rocky Long at LFC 44 in August, until it really happened. The bout went almost in the middle of the second round when Northcutt performed a neck crank and proved that he’s not just a heavy hitter.
In October Northcutt will face another Texan, 33-year old Francisco Trevino who has twelve wins and only one loss on his record.