“Super” Sage Northcutt (9-2) looks to record back-to-back wins in the UFC for the first time since late 2015 when he meets Thibault Gouti at UFC Fight Night 126 this weekend.
After losing a ‘battle of the prospects’ fight against Micky Gall in December 2016, Northcutt relocated to Team Alpha Male.
The switch seemed to really benefit Sage, as he bounced back nicely picking up a win over Michael Quiñones and looked to have improved his all-around game.
Sage’s new found mentor, the retired great Urijah Faber has been very vocal about the positive and great presence Sage brings to the gym. Posting to his Instagram page a little over a month ago, the Team Alpha Male General had this to say.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”16″]“As far as positive energy, I’ve never really met anyone like that. He brings joy wherever he is. He’s like Santa, with abs. It’s really cool to have him in the room. He just brightens the mood, everyone loves him.”[/perfectpullquote]
Super Sage is a fan favorite for his upbeat and cheerful personality, and it seems even fighters can’t help but love the guy. Rarely talking ill of his opponent, Northcutt is nothing but respectful to everyone around him, even the man he’s going to inevitably fist fight.
Urijah Faber also noted that as polite as Northcutt is, he needs to get a little ‘mean’ on the mic, and start his title run that not only needs wins, but callouts and fan excitement.
“I’m encouraging him, he’s too nice to say he wants to go get the strap,” Faber said. “But that’s in his mind.”
Northcutt has said he has dreams of breaking the record of becoming the youngest champion in the UFC, taking that title away from Jon Jones, who did it at the age of 23. Northcutt, who is just 21-years-old has plenty of time to make his run, but the sooner the better, as no one gets any younger in the fight game.
Will Sunday be the start of another “Super” winning streak?
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