Northcutt benefitting from putting studies on hold

On Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120, Sage Northcutt beat Michel Quiñones via judge’s decision to improve his record to 3-2 inside the Octagon. The young star has warned that he will keep getting better as he no longer has the distraction of college.

Back in 2015, Northcutt made his UFC debut by knocking out Francisco Trevino in the very first round at UFC 192. He was just 19 at the time. Quite a way to announce one’s self.

Since then, he has struggled though. In his next three fights he lost twice and recorded only more win.

However, that all changed on Saturday as this precocious young talent defeated Quiñones in a mightily impressive performance.

Northcutt explained his strong showing by explaining that MMA was now his sole focus as he had dropped out of college to give his career in the UFC a full go.

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“Since my very first fight in the UFC, it was about two years ago, I was 19 years old,” Northcutt told MMA Junkie after his win on Saturday night.

“I was studying in school at the same time. I was coming out of high school. I was actually in college at Texas A&M University, so my very first fight, I was doing school at the same time. My next few fights, I was in school.

“But now I’ve withdrawn from school, and I’m focusing full-time on the UFC and fighting. Now I’m training at Team Alpha Male, one of the best teams in the world, and I’m growing as a fighter, getting better and better.”