Sage Northcutt is an absolute treasure. He stands in startling juxtaposition among a sport of trash talkers and obscenity-fluent, bird flippers.
The blond-haired dreamboat that could wash your clothes on his abs is the kind of fighter that even Mom's Against UFC would watch. In between post-knockout F-bombs and blood squirting out of submissions, any family in the good ole US of A could invite their children into the living room to watch "Super" Sage.
If this wholesome athlete hasn't already become kid tested and mother approved, then his appearance today on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour will warm your heart.
"When he's cussing and saying the curse words out there, I know that's how he gets people's attention, but I don't know what kind of people's attention he's trying to get if he's cussing out there," Northcutt told Helwani when asked about Mickey Gall's call out. "Is it the families? Is it the moms? Is it the little kids watching? I don't know, but it didn't seem very appropriate."
Northcutt is a kid who was raised to say "sir" and "ma'am." He's not engineered for trash talk. Even when he does end up talking about someone, it's a punchline at home on one of the cartoons broadcast on the Disney network.
"You know what's funny, Mr Helwani? [Mickey Gall] said he was gonna' punch the spikes out of my hair," said Northcutt. "You know, His hair kinda' looks like mine; it just doesn't have the hair gel in it. I'm thinking he should get some hair gel and style it or something."
The highlight of the interview though, may be Helwani in awe of a photo that Northcutt posted on his Twitter.
"I've never seen anything like this. This photo has to be Photoshopped right? This is just unbelievable. The muscles in your thighs are just bulging out. This is crazy stuff," Helwani asked in disbelief.
"Oh yes sir, no it's not Photoshop, that's actually a real picture," assured Northcutt.
That's right, Helwani. That's one hundred percent real deal, twisted steel and sex appeal. After being asked if he ever has a single cheat day, Northcutt would go on to say "No sir." If that doesn't inspire children to work hard and achieve their dreams, I don't know what would.
"I guess that's why I walk around very lean. That's also possibly a reason why it's pretty tough for me to get down to 155 because I'm a big 155er," Northcutt said. "I got my body fat checked a few times and I walk around at close to three percent body fat."
So, basically, Northcutt wakes up in the morning with the body mass index (and sunny disposition) of a Ninja Turtle.
That's a joke, but really, how far is it away from the truth?