Super Sage Northcutt Survives Being Rocked Early To Destroy Opponent In Second Round
Sage Northcutt finally earned his first UFC welterweight victory on Saturday when he defeated Zak Ottow in the UFC Fight Night 133 co-headliner.
After starting 0-2 in the organization at 170 pounds, Northcutt (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) defeated Ottow (16-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) by second-round TKO in the FS1-televised bout, which took place at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
It didn’t take long for Ottow to drop Northcutt. Northcutt landed an upkick. Ottow tried moving to side control. Ottow went for a guillotine, but settled for staying in top control. Northcutt went for an armbar. Ottow avoided danger. Northcutt was able to return to his feet. He swarmed Ottow with a combination. He tried locking in a guillotine. Northcutt mounted Ottow and landed some punches as the horn sounded.
“It was a great strike,” Northcutt said of Ottow’s opening punch. “I must’ve blinked right off the bat because I didn’t see it coming.”
Northcutt survived however and landed a straight jab about three minutes into the seond that wobbled Ottow, and a follow-up helped put him on the canvas. Just a few seconds later, Northcutt measured Ottow up and landed some quick short hammerfists, and Ottow was out.
Northcutt won for the third straight time and fourth time in five fights. Ottow is back in the loss column after a win over Mike Pyle in March. He has alternated wins and losses his past six fights.
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Northcutt could definitely be casted if they ever do a remake of 3 Ninjas! #UFCBoise
— MMA Monkey (@TheMMAMONKEY) July 15, 2018
Northcutt is definitely a 170 lb fighter! Good win! #ufcboise
— Luis (@ElHuicho95) July 15, 2018
Sage is so happy and cheerful, happy days! #UFCBoise
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) July 15, 2018
— J (@Jrortiz81) July 15, 2018
I like Sage Northcutt. There I said it. #UFCBoise
— Matt Schnell (@DANGER_Caged) July 15, 2018
Sage looks effin jacked. Good god. #UFCboise
— Ryan Hobbs (@RyanHobbsMMA) July 15, 2018
I'll be honest… Sage has grown quite a bit since his last fight. He's only 22. I can see this kid at 185 in the future #UFCBoise
— Cody Ryan (@CodyRyan511) July 15, 2018
That was the best win of Sage Northcutt’s career. He battled back after getting rocked and dominated on the ground and was able to overcome adversity. Very good sign. He’s still just 22! #UFCBoise
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 15, 2018
— MMA Datos (@MMADatos) July 15, 2018
Sage just showed a ton of heart and improvement. I’m impressed. He’s 22, and already has a lot of octagon experience. Good work kid. He’s got a bright future now that he trains with a real MMA gym. #UFCBoise
— John McConville (@johnnymac87) July 15, 2018
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