Sage Northcutt apparently needs more toughening up as he failed to dominate in the UFC Fight Night New Jersey.
Bryan ‘Bam Bam’ Barberena was able to capitalize in Round 2 by locking the newbie in an arm-triangle after he pounded relentlessly on his opponent known for resembling a ‘Ken doll.’
Northcutt tried to hasten the pace in the first round and was even able to smash his opponent’s face. Barberena kept up with him, and was able to counter a few solid shots. When Northcutt’s cartwheel kick fell short, Sage landed on the mat with Bambam on top of him
The unwavering smile from Northcutt’s face disappeared when he tapped out and submitted a little after 3 minutes into the second round.
‘Bam Bam’ made a good move accepting the fight on just eight days’ notice. He was supposed to fight in Pittsburg in three weeks but accepted the Northcutt match after his opponent was injured. Though ‘Super Sage’ was tagged as a phenomenal fighter at such a young age, Barberena kept focused and collected. His win is considered huge considering he gave the much talked about Northcutt his first UFC loss.
“It feels great to beat a guy with that hype, but I have my own hype behind me. My family, friends and teammates all believed and knew I could do it. This is something I practice in the training room. I felt like he was slipping in tighter and I knew he was going to tap. I want to thank my camp, The MMA Lab. We came, we dominated!”
Northcutt is a constant target of social media criticisms but a lot of people are looking forward to watching him inside the Octagon. He is also known for his over the top optimism. After his loss, the young athlete was honest to admit that he was not happy with how the fight turned out.
“I’m just disappointed. That’s all I can say,” the 19-year-old fighter said.