ByKel Dansby, writer at
Kel Dansby

Sage Northcutt is one of the UFC's most polarizing young prospects, suffering his only two losses when moving from lightweight to welterweight. He is now committed to fighting at the 155-pound weight class, which is where he performed at his best before being signed by the UFC.

With that in mind, we take a look back at a 19-year old Sage Northcutt. Northcutt entered Legacy 42 with a lot less fanfare than he has now, but his performance was more than star worthy.

Sage Northcutt outwrestles submission fighter Gage Duhon and moves to 4-0

Surprisingly, Northcutt has almost as many submission victories (3) as he does knockouts (4). Northcutt's spectacular striking made him a problem for smaller fighters at 155-pounds and that led to devasting finishes.

His grappling was also more efficient. He was able to use his size to lean on opponents and avoids coming out on the wrong end of the grappling scrambles that have led to his losses at welterweight.

Northcutt's recent training camps with UFC welterweight champion and accomplished wrestler, Tyron Woodley, should also accelerate his development.

That experience is invaluable and could help the naturally talented Northcutt take the next step in his career.


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