“Super” Sage will try to notch his first welterweight win when he
returns to the Octagon on July 14 in Boise, Idaho for UFC Fight
Night 133. Meanwhile, here are five things you might not know about
the Team Alpha Male standout.
1. He was a Hall of Famer at age 15.
The son of a karate black belt, Northcutt started training in
martial arts at the age of four and later competed across Texas and
around the world. When he turned nine, he became the youngest
person ever to ever the cover of Sport Karate Magazine. He has won
a total of 77 titles at the world level, and for his feats,
Northcutt was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame at
only 15 years old.
2. He took up Petroleum Engineering side by side with MMA.
Before focusing on MMA, Northcutt was a regular Texan college
student in a very regular Texan field of study: petroleum
engineering. He was 19 when he decided to withdraw from Texas
A&M University and give way to his burgeoning fight career.
Northcutt intends to continue school at a later date, but for now,
he is happy to make the most of everything the UFC has to
His father served as his head coach for a long time. Realizing he
needed a bigger gym and more established team to compete at a high
level, he traveled to Montreal to train with his idol St. Pierre at
the famed Tristar Gym following his Octagon debut. He now trains
with Team Alpha Male.
4. The guy had abs when he was only 4.
Northcutt claims that when he was young, his father made him do
pushups and sit-ups every day. It’s hard to argue the veracity of
this statement when you see a four-year-old Northcutt sporting a
six pack. He posted a photo of his four-year-old self on
5. His sister has also fought in MMA.
Sage’s elder sister, Colbey
Northcutt, is also a karate black belt and multiple-time world
sport karate and kickboxing champion. Like her brother, she also
started training in karate at a young age. Eventually, Colbey
transitioned into MMA and went 4-1 as an amateur, stopping three of
her opponents by guillotine choke. She held
Legacy Fighting Alliance’s amateur bantamweight title before
deciding to go back to college for her Communications degree.
During this time, Sage was signed by the UFC, which inspired her to
return to fighting. Last year, she debuted professionally at LFA
14, with Sage commentating cageside. She lost the fight and has yet
to return to the cage.