Sage Northcutt focused solely on UFC career with college no longer holding him back

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NORFOLK, Va. – Something to consider for those who forgot how young Sage Northcutt really is: While other fighters talk about recovering from broken bones or torn ligaments, the 21-year-old from Texas can’t stop talking about how good he feels after having his tonsils and wisdom teeth removed.

After his unanimous decision victory over Michel Quinones (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 120, words like “amazing” and “blessing” came tripping off Northcutt’s tongue, which is hardly a surprise for the youthful and exuberant young fighter.

But if you ask Northcutt (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), the real difference in his life now as opposed to when he made his UFC debut may be one of focus.

As he was quick to point out after his victory at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday night, when fans got their first look at him he was still splitting his time between training and school. Now he’s not only more mature as a fighter, he’s also more single-minded in his pursuits.

“Since my very first fight in the UFC, it was about two years ago, I was 19 years old,” Northcutt told MMAjunkie. “I was studying in school at the same time. I was coming out of high school. I was actually in college at Texas A&M University, so my very first fight, I was doing school at the same time. My next few fights, I was in school. But now I’ve withdrawn from school, and I’m focusing full-time on the UFC and fighting. Now I’m training at Team Alpha Male, one of the best teams in the world, and I’m growing as a fighter, getting better and better.”

According to Northcutt, he first connected with Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber via Instagram. The training he’s gotten there has helped him improve his overall game, he said, and his return to lightweight has helped him get back on the winning track after two losses at welterweight.

“I’m working my way up, one fight at a time,” Northcutt said. “I’m back down at lightweight, undefeated at lightweight, so that’s a blessing. I’ve been 4-0 as a lightweight. … Obviously in the future, I’m going to be looking forward to getting a belt and having Team Alpha Male there with me.”

As for his overall trajectory in the UFC, Northcutt was quick to point out that, despite his two years of UFC experience, seemingly all of which has come in the glare of the spotlight, he’s still a young fighter. That means that, while he may make some mistakes along the way, there’s also a lot of potential for growth still to come.

“I am still a kid, 21 years old right now,” Northcutt said. “I was the youngest person in the UFC to come in and win their first fight in the UFC. … I’m still growing, still getting better as a fighter, too.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Sage Northcutt sharp in return, cruises past Michel Quinones

After 11 months on the sidelines, Sage Northcutt (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) looked sharp in his return to lightweight, cruising to a decision win over Michel Quinones (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

It was Quinones who looked to press the pace to start, but Northcutt sat back and picked his counters in fine fashion. Flashing quick, powerful hands, Northcutt let Quinones come forward and tagged him at every opportunity, adding in kicks as the round progressed, as well.

For his part, Quinones stood firm in the pocket and continued his intent to brawl, drawing some blood from his opponent’s nose. But Northcutt looked comfortable and confident on the feet, slipping counter strikes in with speed and power.

Quinones was again aggressive in the second, but Northcutt’s measured approach and perfect control of range left him in position to counter more often than not. Northcutt opened up the arsenal as the round wore on, adding in a few flashy kicks, but it was the powerful right hand that was doing the most damage. Quinones was gritty and aggressive in reply, but he was just a step behind Northcutt, who finished the round with a late takedown.

The pace remained high in the third, with Quinones fighting like a man behind on the scorecards, but Northcutt still controlling the exchanges. Quinones tried to make something happen, but Northcutt was able to slip and rip in reply. Quinones showed heart in battling through the blows but fell short in the judges’ eyes, 30-27 on all three results.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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Report: Sage Northcutt to make 2017 debut at UFC Fight Night 120 vs. Michel Quinones

Will Sage Northcutt finally fight in 2017 at November’s UFC Fight Night 120? That’s the plan as of right now.

ESPN.com reported today that Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been booked to face Michel Quinones (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)in a lightweight bout on Nov. 11 at UFC Fight Night 120. The event takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and airs on FS1.

It’s been a long road back to the octagon for Northcutt, who’s dropped two of his past three bouts. Most recently he was submitted by Mickey Gall at UFC on FOX 22 in December.

Originally, Northcutt hoped to return at UFC 211 in his native Texas, but that plan fell through when he underwent surgery to have his tonsils removed. Northcutt was booked to fight in July at UFC 214, though injuries during training camp to both Northcutt and opponent John Makdessi forced the cancellation of the bout.

Still considered a highly touted prospect despite his recent struggles, Northcutt hopes to finally fight for the first time this year – and at 155 pounds. His two losses have come at welterweight.

In Quinones, Northcutt faces an opponent coming off a TKO loss to Jared Gordon in his UFC debut in June at UFC Fight Night 112. Prior to that, Quinones was on a five-fight winning streak.

Additionally, bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao has been booked to fight Matthew Lopez on the card.

Assuncao (25-5 MMA, 9-2 UFC), No. 4 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, has won nine of his last 10 bouts and seeks his third consecutive victory. Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) carries his own two-fight winning streak into the contest.

The latest UFC Fight Night 120 card includes:

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
  • Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon
  • Viviane Pereira vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 results: Jared Gordon batters fellow newcomer Michel Quinones for TKO win

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Michel Quinones simply couldn’t keep up with the fearsome pace of fellow newcomer Jared Gordon.

After their first scheduled booking was canceled, Gordon (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made up for lost time by battering Quinones (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) around the octagon until the referee had seen enough at the 4:24 mark of the second.

The catchweight bout (Gordon missed the featherweight limit) was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 112 event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS2 and a main card on FS1.

Referee Keith Peterson called off the bout as Quinones floundered on his back, his face beet red from punches Gordon threw without letup. It was an emphatic debut for Gordon, who first caught UFC President Dana White’s eye on “Looking for a Fight.”

Gordon and Quinones were supposed to face off at UFC 211, but Quinones was forced to withdraw with a bout of food poisoning.

Quinones brought flashy technique to the table, frequently spinning with kicks and punches as his eager opponent approached. The two held back nothing in the opening minutes of the fight, trading heavy shots in a flurry of action. As it turned out, though, Gordon came more prepared to take the fight to the ground.

A takedown in the first seemed to deflate Quinones as he tried to escape Gordon’s clutches. When he finally escaped, his shots didn’t have the same snap, and Gordon appeared no worse for the wear.

That gap widened considerably in the second frame after Gordon bullied through a potential guillotine choke and put Quinones on the mat. When Quinones managed to escape, Gordon shoved him against the cage and put him back on the canvas, and Quinones quickly began to fade. Unable to get free from Gordon’s suffocating attack, he took several hard unanswered shots until the end finally came.

Gordon makes a successful debut in the UFC and improves his current winning streak to four, while Quinones sees a five-fight streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 112 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Oklahoma City.)

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