Watching the sensation ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt (10-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) move up a weight class can be confusing as the Texas native has a perfect 5-0 record as lightweight and a dismal 0-2 at welterweight. However after evaluation, it does not seem a bad move either. Carrying a chiseled physique and washboard abs at a tender age of 22, Northcutt has plenty of time to physically grow.
“You know what, I started fighting in the UFC when I was 19 years old,” Northcutt told MMA Fighting ahead of UFC Boise. “Now I’m 22, so I’m growing taller, I’m getting bigger, my muscles are maturing, I’m putting on more muscle, I’m still a kid growing, so that’s part of it. Also, making weight at 155 is pretty tough for me. The last several pounds, my body kinda stops sweating, and I think I’m going to be much more myself and it’ll be much more fun and entertaining out there, me fighting at 170. So, I’m looking forward to doing that.”
“People always say, when you cut that huge amount of weight and you’re depleting all water, you’re depleting it from your organs, the water in your brain, everywhere in your body,” Northcutt said. “It kinda does make you a little bit cloudy. Just to be able to have one day to be able to gain your weight back, if you’re cutting big amounts or if you’re very lean for your body and you’re cutting a certain amount from your body, that kinda does happen.
“It’s funny. Normally, to even be able to make weight at 155, I’m having to walk around like 168 or 169 pounds in training and constantly under-eating; that way I can just make that weight, because I walk around very lean. So if I’m heavier than that, it’s a very tough fight to make the weight, because I walk around very lean. So, now, this is my first time getting to walk around more at a natural weight and getting to eat more food and walk around a little heavier, weighing like 190 or something. And that’s not even really trying to really put on weight yet, so I think that was good.
“There’s a difference,” Northcutt added. “Just, for instance, me competing at 155 and then me walking around every day just training in the gym, I feel totally different. So, kinda don’t feel like the same kind of Sage going out there at 155, with the same power and explosion. So I’m really looking forward to fighting at 170 for this fight this Saturday, because I should be fast, strong, explosive, and feel great.”
“I think I’m going to stick with [welterweight] as I get older and grow older, because I’m still growing,” Northcutt said. “And I figured, before the UFC, I was fighting at catchweights of 165 or 170, so coming down to 155 for my first fight in the UFC and dropping that weight so I could be one of the bigger guys, one of the strong guys in the weight class — yes, I was one of the biggest guys, but it kinda affects my performance big-time, is what I feel. So, I think it’s going to be nice to be able to grow into my weight, and this is the first time I’m actually getting to walk around at my natural body weight and train with it.
Northcutt’s first assignment is in the form of a gritty Zak Ottow in the co-main event.
“I heard he’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu, which I know. And I’m looking to go out there and knock my opponent Zak Ottow out,” Northcutt said. “That’s what I’m looking to go do, and someone said he thinks he’s super strong — that’s what someone said — but I think I’m super strong, and I think that he’s not going to be strong enough for me. I don’t think he’s going to be fast enough for me, and I’m ready to go out there.”