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Dana White explains Sage Northcutt’s UFC contract non-renewal

Dana White, Sage Northcutt

Dana White, Sage Northcutt

Sage “Super Sage” Northcutt, 22, of Sacramento, California, United States is no longer signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His contract was not renewed by the American mixed martial arts promotion, UFC president Dana White has confirmed. 

“We let Sage go,” White revealed in a recent UFC Unfiltered podcast episode. “Sage is young and Sage needs some work. Let him get some work in some other organizations and we will see where this kid ends up in a couple of years.”

“Maybe we will pick him back up again,” the UFC president added. “His contract was up so we let him go.”

Many fight fans raised eyebrows over White’s remarks considering Northcutt’s record in the UFC. He is riding a three-bout winning streak in the promotion.

From 2015 to 2018, Northcutt competed in eight UFC bouts, winning six. When he made his promotional debut on October 3, 2015 at “UFC 192,” he knocked out Francisco “Sitkayan” Trevino, 36, of Edinburg, Texas, United States via elbows and punches.

On December 10, 2015, Northcutt submitted Cody “The Pfist” Pfister, 28, of Amarillo, Texas via guillotine choke at “UFC Fight Night 80.” On January 30, 2016, Bryan “Bam Bam” Barberena, 29, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States became the first UFC fighter to defeat Northcutt as the former submitted the latter via arm-triangle choke at “UFC on Fox 18.”

On July 9, 2016, Northcutt bounced back with a unanimous decision victory over Enrique “Wasabi” Martin, 32, of Seville, Andalusia, Spain at “UFC 200.” On December 17, 2016, Mickey Gall, 26, of Green Brook, New Jersey, United States submitted Northcutt via rear-naked choke at “UFC on Fox 22,” which was the most recent loss of the latter.

Michel ‘El Capo” Quinones, 33, of Coral Springs, Florida, United States and Thibault “GT” Gouti, 31, of Toulousse, Haute-Gauronne, France lost to Northcutt at “UFC Fight Night 120” on November 11, 2017 and at “UFC Fight Night 126” on February 18, 2018, respectively, both via unanimous decision. In Northcutt’s most recent bout, which was at “UFC Fight Night 133” on July 14, 2018, he knocked out Zak “The Barbarian” Ottow, 31, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States via punches.

Currently, Northcutt holds a professional MMA record of 11 wins and 2 losses. He is now expected to move to Singapore martial arts organization ONE Championship.

Weeks before White’s confirmation about Northcutt’s UFC contract non-renewal, the MMA fighter was with ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong in Singapore. On November 9, 2018, Northcutt attended the ONE Championship event “ONE: Heart of the Lion” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore with Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of Kirkland, Washington, United States and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 34, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

Both Johnson and Alvarez recently moved from the UFC to ONE Championship. The former is a former UFC Flyweight Champion while the latter is a former UFC and Bellator Lightweight Champion.

Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring White and Northcutt:

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