At UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson, Sage Northcutt initiated his MMA career in UFC with a dominant first-round TKO win over Francisco Trevino. Needless to say, both fans and fellow UFC fighters took notice, a reaction that UFC President Dana White is more than satisfied with. However, all the hype-building “Super” is receiving also places a target on his back among other lightweight fighters signed to the promotion. Kevin Lee, for example, not only claimed he was not impressed with Northcutt’s performance, but that Northcutt would have the “shortest career UFC has ever seen” if they were to fight. Some fans think, however, race is probably an issue as Lee has called Northcutt a “rich and privileged white boy” numerous times.
Despite what naysayers claim, Sage Northcutt is very entertaining to watch. Ergo, many MMA fans are wondering when he will make his return in the UFC Octagon. Reportedly, fans will not have to wait long, as it is now confirmed Northcutt will be fighting against Cody Pfister at UFC Fight Night: VanZant vs. Calderwood.
According to MMA Junkie, the lightweight fight between Sage Northcutt and Cody Pfister was officially announced by UFC officials today, October 19, 2015, via Twitter.
Paige & Sage… December 10th… Live & Exclusive only on @UFCFightPass pic.twitter.com/mXSkDDCCOO
— Eric Winter (@elwinter) October 19, 2015
Eventually, Sage Northcutt himself verified the announcement as well. He uploaded a video for his fans on his official Twitter in which he hoped he would deliver an entertaining performance to them all.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) October 19, 2015
Though Sage Northcutt is showing his enthusiasm taking on Cody Pfister at UFC Fight Night: VanZant vs. Calderwood, some MMA fans claim Pfister will not be a challenge for Northcutt. Either he does or not does not make for a valid argument given the fact Northcutt is technically still a rookie in UFC. To be fair, his last opponent, Francisco Trevino, was undefeated throughout his MMA career prior to UFC. As a matter of fact, Trevino also won his UFC debut fight too. But it would be against Johnny Case that Trevino would suffer his first loss not just in the UFC, but in his MMA career. The same fate can befall on Northcutt.
Probably the reason so many MMA fans are believing Northcutt has no challenge in Pfister is because UFC did a phenomenal job hyping up “Super” as the future of the promotion, which in turn hypes him up to be unstoppable. Pretty much, it is the same plan of attack they used with Ronda Rousey.
All hype aside, Sage Northcutt will have to be careful taking on Cody Pfister. He has a 12-4-1 record in which he won his last fight against Yosdenis Cedano at UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor. Summarized, he has plenty of experience, which is something Northcutt lacks compared to him. Not to mention, Pfister had more time than Northcutt to recuperate and train since his last fight. Northcutt last fought on October 3, 2015 meaning he will have only a little over two months to prepare himself. That might, however, work to his advantage since long stretches of time between fights may often cause ring rust. Cain Velasquez is a prime example of suffering such a situation.
UFC Fight Night: VanZant vs. Calderwood will take place on Thursday, December 10, 2015. The venue is being held at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are nine other fights on the card besides the main event of Paige VanZant versus Joanne Calderwood and the recently announced fight between Sage Northcutt and Cody Pfister. This includes a lightweight fight between Jim Miller and Michael Chiesa as well as a middleweight fight between Elias Theodorou and Thiago Santos.
[Image via Sage Northcutt’s Official Facebook Page]