Sage Northcutt took another step towards proving he warrants a place in the UFC when he defeated Cody Pfister by submission at Fight Night 80 on Thursday.
The 19-year-old prodigy secured a stoppage win over Franciso Trevino just 57 seconds in his debut appearance in the UFC, after racking up a 5-0 record competing in lesser promotions.
However, despite that dominant performance, many believed that Northwest’s appearance and marketability was the main reason he was able to earn a contract.
On Thursday Northcutt put some of those doubts to rest; showing the maturity and patience in the opening minutes, before sinking in a guillotine 57 seconds into round two.
“The Octagon was smaller than I expected, so it took some time for me to get used to it and find my spacing,” he told the UFC website.
“I tried to be patient and wait for the submission to come to me. I never really have a game plan other than to finish my opponent as quickly as possible. Tonight it came in the second round and I’m very happy to come out on top.
“Training at Tri-Star was great. I will definitely go up there again. I’m looking forward to my next fight. I hope it comes in the next couple of months.”
Pfister could hardly be considered one of the tougher fighters in the lightweight division, but the victory will still allow Northcutt to gain credibility.