Sage Northcutt is setting the MMA world ablaze lately.
Not only does the Martial Arts champion have the athleticism and background to become a star in UFC, but he also has the determination to be one of the promotion’s premier fighters.
UFC’s president Dana White first came across Northcutt when he was fighting in Legacy Fighting Championship. It’s easy to tell from the look on White’s face in the video below that, although originally concerned that Northcutt was just a pretty face, he knew he had a star in the making.
The 19-year-old UFC sensation did his best Ronda Rousey impression on Saturday, taking out Frank Trevino in under a minute at UFC 192 in Northcutt’s home state of Texas.
After stopping Trevino, Northcutt became a bit of an Internet sensation with a crazy backflip celebration that was perhaps more impressive than the fight itself.
Even though the MMA world may be jumping the gun a little bit given the exciting nature of Northcutt’s impressive UFC debut, it seems that he has everything a successful UFC athlete needs to grow into a superstar. Not only does Northcutt already boast a sparkling 6-0 record in his young MMA career but some of the industry’s most respectable voices have started to compare him to Georges St-Pierre and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The young fighter’s prowess in the cage comes from being a top-notch martial artist, as Bloody Elbow notes:
Well let’s do a little flashback to 2012, when Northcutt was aged 16 and competing in Texas’ Yellowrose Internationals karate championships. Sage (and his sister Colbey) won a bunch of divisional titles that year, which you can read for yourself, and one of Sage’s triumphs is the open musical weapons routine he performed with a set of Kama blades. It makes for magnificent viewing and once again shows off his insane athleticism.