Sage Northcutt and the UFC Part Ways
By Calum Christie
It was recently announced by the UFC boss Dana White that the 22 year-old prospect Sage Northcutt (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and the UFC have parted ways. Sage Northcutt who is coming off a KO victory over Zak Ottow (16-6) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 133 – Dos Santos vs Ivanov back in July will now be seeking a contact elsewhere.
This has come as a shock to many UFC fans due to his winning record and marketability inside the promotion. With Sage now being a free agent there will be many promotions lined up to swoop in with an offer for the talented fighter, including Bellator MMA and One Championship in Asia.
On November 26, 2018 Dana White confirmed on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that Sage Northcutt has been released from the UFC and is a free agent. White cited reasons, claiming, “Sage is young, and Sage needs some work. Let him get some work in some other organisations, and we will see where this kid ends up in a couple of years. Maybe we will pick him back up again.”
Sage who was signed by the UFC at 19 years old is now maturing into a solid fighter after gaining valuable experience in the companies lightweight and welterweight divisions which are regarded as the toughest and deepest.
He recently travelled to Singapore to attend the One Championship event: Heart of a Lion where it was believed he held talks with One Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong about a possible move over to the largest Asian MMA organisation. In the age of the entertainment era it may be possible that the politely spoken Super Sage may be better suited at One along with the like of former UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson (27-3).
Bellator has also done exceptionally well in handling up and coming talent, look no further than Aaron Pico (4-1) who under Scott Coker and Bellator’s guidance, Pico is regarded as being a future superstar in MMA also only being 22 years-old. Under the right guidance and management Sage could still go a long way in his MMA career therefore Bellator may be a viable option especially with the new DAZN streaming deal which was a lucrative deal for Coker’s promotion which gives him a bigger budget to attract new fighters.
It is not necessarily a bad thing for ‘Super’ Sage to go elsewhere although it would be great to see Northcutt’s journey inside the UFC brand, but other organisations are stepping up to be dominant players in the MMA ecosystem and if that means he will go and get more money elsewhere and eventually some point down the line he gets brought back to the UFC at a later date then I’ll settle for that.