Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber has high expectations for UFC prospect Sage Northcutt, who trains at TAM.
In fact, he thinks the sky is the limit for the UFC lightweight.
For those who might not know, Northcutt decided to join the gym, which is based in Sacramento, Calif before his unanimous-decision win over Michel Quinones at UFC Fight Night 120 in November.
Once he decided to retire from the sport this past year, Faber decided to take more interest in the rising talent at his gym. Faber said his personality is infectious and a makes him a pleasure to be around.
“As far as a positive energy, I’ve never really met anyone like that,” Faber said this past weekend at UFC 219 in Las Vegas. “He brings joy.
He’s like Santa with abs. It’s really cool to have him in the room. He brightens the mood. Everybody loves him. He’s genuine.
He really comes off as real genuine, and he learns super fast. It’s crazy. It’s just about finding those bits and pieces to an already great skill set and mindset and good genetics and a lot of hard work.”
Northcutt told MMAjunkie in December 2015 that he wants to become the youngest champion in UFC history.
In order to break the record of Jon Jones, who captured the UFC light-heavyweight belt, he needs to do it soon.
By breaking it down, Northcutt still has nearly two years to make that happen. Faber wishes he would say it more because he thinks it’s a reasonable goal.
“I’m encouraging him; he’s too nice to say he wants to go get the strap,” Faber said. “But that’s in his mind. At what point does someone just decide they want to be a champion?
I think he’s probably had that for a long time, but I’m encouraging him to voice that because I think he can be a world champion, and I think we’re on a path to do that. It’s awesome to see him progress, and I think he’s going to be a world champ.”
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