What Happened to Sage Northcutt? Everything We Need To Know

Who is Sage Northcutt?

Sage Northcutt is an American professional mixed martial artist who is presently active in the ONE Championship. He has also previously competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Northcutt started training in MMA at the young age of 4 and competed globally from his early years. His father, Mark, holds a black belt in Shuri-ryū karate, and his older sister, Colbey, is an amateur kickboxing champion and a professional mixed martial artist currently signed to ONE Championship.

What Happened to Sage Northcutt?

In 2019, during his debut in the ONE Championship, the former UFC hopeful faced a crushing defeat after receiving a wild right hook from Cosmo Alexandre just 29 seconds into the fight on Friday night. The blow sent Northcutt crashing down onto the mat. Northcutt’s X-rays display the damage inflicted on his cheekbone and orbital, evident even without a closer examination in the second zoomed-in image. The duration of his recovery will depend on the location of the eight fractures, but it is not an injury one should hurry to recover from, particularly if they have a tendency to circle towards their opponents’ power hand.

Does Sage Northcutt Still Fight?

Yes, Sage Northcutt is still fighting. During his initial two years of high school, Northcutt attended Seven Lakes High School before shifting to Katy High School in his sophomore year. At the age of 15, he was included in the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame in 2012. While in high school, Northcutt took part in wrestling, training for and competing in the sport. He also practiced with Texas A&M University’s NCWA wrestling club before leaving to pursue his career in mixed martial arts.

Did Sage Northcutt Retire?

Sage Northcutt did not retire. Since the injury, Northcutt hasn’t competed. Nonetheless, during a recent interview with The MMA Hour, he disclosed that he never thought of quitting competition permanently, despite the severity of the setback. “No, not really,” Northcutt conceded when questioned if he had considered retirement.

Sage Northcutt UFC Debut

Sage Northcutt appeared in the first episode of Dana White’s Looking for a Fight. Following a win at Legacy Fighting Championship 44, he was recruited by the UFC. During UFC debut, Northcutt made his lightweight debut as well, battling against Francisco Treviño on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192. Northcutt’s second UFC bout was against Cody Pfister at UFC Fight Night 80 on December 10, 2015. He secured a victory in the second round by using a guillotine choke.

Sage Northcutt Injury

The repercussions of the punch Northcutt received during his ONE Championship debut continued long after the 2019 fight. Despite having won three previous bouts in the UFC, Northcutt declined a new contract with the organization. However, during his first ONE Championship fight, he sustained eight facial fractures that took nine hours of surgery to repair, and there was an extensive recovery time that kept him out of the sport. It would have been reasonable for Northcutt to decide to quit the sport entirely after the catastrophic injury. Nevertheless, he stated that he never considered retiring to explore other options.

Sage Northcutt Next Fight

On January 23, 2023, ONE Championship revealed that Sage Northcutt (11-3) will face Ahmed Mujtaba (10-2) in a 170-pound lightweight bout at ONE Fight Night 10 on May 5, 2023. This will be ONE’s inaugural time in the United States, with the fight taking place in Denver, Colorado. At UFC 200, Northcutt competed in the lightweight division against Enrique Marín on July 9, 2016. He secured a victory via unanimous decision.

Sage Northcutt Record











Loss 11–3 Cosmo Alexandre KO (punch) ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon May 17, 2019 1 0:29 Kallang, Singapore Middleweight (185 lb) debut.
Win 11–2 Zak Ottow KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov July 14, 2018 2 3:13 Boise, Idaho, United States Return to Welterweight.
Win 10–2 Thibault Gouti Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros February 18, 2018 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States  
Win 9–2 Michel Quiñones Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis November 11, 2017 3 5:00 Norfolk, Virginia, United States  
Loss 8–2 Mickey Gall Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson December 17, 2016 2 1:40 Sacramento, California, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 8–1 Enrique Marín Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States  
Loss 7–1 Bryan Barberena Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader January 30, 2016 2 3:06 Newark, New Jersey, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 7–0 Cody Pfister Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant December 10, 2015 2 0:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lightweight debut.
Win 6–0 Francisco Treviño TKO (elbows and punches) UFC 192 October 3, 2015 1 0:57 Houston, Texas, United States Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
Win 5–0 Rocky Long Submission (neck crank) Legacy FC 44 August 28, 2015 2 3:30 Houston, Texas, United States Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
Win 4–0 Gage Duhon Submission (rear-naked choke) Legacy FC 42 November 22, 2014 1 4:26 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
Win 3–0 James Christopherson TKO (punches) Fury Fighting 6 May 22, 2014 1 4:35 Humble, Texas, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 2–0 Jacob Capelli TKO (punches) Legacy FC: Challenger Series 1 April 25, 2014 1 0:55 Houston, Texas, United States Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
Win 1–0 Tim Lashley TKO (wheel kick and punches) Legacy FC 37 April 20, 2014 1 0:27 Houston, Texas, United States Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.

Sage Northcutt Last Fight

Sage Northcutt recently participated in the ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon event on May 17, 2019. The event was held at Kallang, Singapore Middleweight, in which Sage Northcutt lost to Cosmo Alexandre. At ONE on TNT 4, scheduled for April 28, 2021, Northcutt was set to fight Shinya Aoki in a lightweight bout following a two-year hiatus. However, Northcutt had to withdraw from the fight due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, and Eduard Folayang took his place.

Sage Northcutt UFC Debut

Sage Northcutt took part in the Legacy FC 37 for the first time on April 20, 2014. In that event, which was held in Houston, Texas, United States, he won against Tim Lashley. Northcutt was pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University, but in January 2017, he revealed his decision to leave the university to focus on training for mixed martial arts as a full-time career.

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