The chosen one of the UFC in Sage Northcutt is officially on the comeback path after a hard-fought win over Enrique Marin.
Northcutt’s ridiculous looks and fan-friendly demeanour (the polar opposite to that of the embattled Jon Jones) have seen him come with unhealthy levels of hype, but his loss to Bryan Barbarena saw the UFC’s youngest fighter heavily criticised for tapping out much too quickly from a relatively safe position.
Northcutt walking to the cage with a massive smile on his face. Living the dream, at 20 years young.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 10, 2016
The American proved his heart here in the second round of his UFC 200 bout with Enrique Marin though, showing immense resilience and patience to escape from a nasty armbar.
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) July 10, 2016
Having likely won the first round, Northcutt needed the last in order to stave off a second straight defeat.
Sage is tired and resorting to just trying to survive or power through sub attempts and bad positions. Hey, at least it's fun to watch.
— Bleacher Report MMA (@BR_MMA) July 10, 2016
Though he fell short in the grappling exchanges again in the third, the 20-year-old managed to bloody-up his foe and do enough damage to earn a unanimous 29-28 decision victory.
Northcutt’s sole loss came at welterweight, so another tilt at 170lbs. is unlikely in the short term. A burgeoning lightweight division awaits the admittedly green prospect, who has many holes in his game to fill.