Sage Northcutt: A Future Homegrown MMA Champion?

Born in Katy back in March 1996, Sage Northcutt is now the city’s leading mixed martial arts representative. During the early years of his professional career, the 24-year-old was being touted as a future MMA champion. Interestingly, unlike many others, Northcutt’s path to stardom doesn’t appear to have the Ultimate Fighting Championship in his future. Instead, the six-foot fighter is targeting success in the Singapore-based promotion, ONE Championship. So, can he become a champion in the organization? 

Leaving the UFC for ONE Championship 

As touched on above, Super, as he is nicknamed, burst onto the scene within the world of combat sports at a young age. Upon turning 18, the Katy-born competitor fought his first professional bout for Lion Fighting Championship and defeated Tim Lashley via a first-round technical knockout. After that, Northcutt went on to win each of his next six fights, including victories in the UFC over Francisco Trevino and Cody Pfister. 

Upon looking to extend his unbeaten streak, Northcutt couldn’t get the better of Bryan Barberena, who finished the Team Alpha Male fighter with an arm-triangle choke in the second round of their fight back in January 2016, as per Sherdog. However, this was followed by wins in four of his next five contests.

Following his second-round stoppage of Zak Ottow in July 2018, Northcutt’s UFC deal came to an end, and the promotion opted to part ways with him. The organization’s president, Dana White, stated that the six-foot competitor needed some work, but added that the UFC will continue to monitor his progress over the coming years. Although the Nevada-based organization is widely regarded as being the pinnacle of MMA, Northcutt’s departure from the company is something of a blessing in disguise. Fundamentally, this is because it enables him to work on his skill set without the added pressure that comes with being a potential UFC superstar. 

A Need to Bounce Back 

Much like he has done so in the past, Northcutt now faces the task of having to overcome adversity. In his ONE debut back in May 2019, the 24-year-old suffered a first-round stoppage loss at the hands of Cosmo Alexandre. Unfortunately for the former UFC fighter, this result left him with eight facial fractures, thus keeping him out of competition for a fair while. 

Upon taking the fight, Northcutt agreed to move up to 185 pounds, which is a weight class that many believe is too heavy for him. In a recent interview, the Katy-born athlete indicated that his future lies in ONE’s featherweight division. As a result, this means that he’ll have his sights set on Thanh Le, who, at the time of writing, is the current 155-pound champion. 

Because of the 24-year-old’s reputation, many US-based MMA fans are eager to follow his progress, especially now that he’s targeting a run at featherweight. Interestingly, as per this Unibet review, bettors from the United States can now immerse themselves in the Team Alpha Male fighter’s promising career, as the platform hosts an array of MMA betting markets. Not only that, but prospective players are also able to take advantage of the operator’s 4 percent competitive margin, which ensures above-average value. 

Northcutt Needs to Find Stability 

If Northcutt is to fulfill his undeniable potential and become Katy’s first MMA champion, then he must settle in one weight class. Switching between divisions will only hinder his long-term progress, as he’ll be unable to find any rhythm. However, make no mistake about it, the potential is there, but he must now harness it correctly.