New UFC fighter Sage Northcutt takes on Francisco Trevino this Saturday at UFC 192 where he will become the third youngest UFC debutant in history.
However, before the 5-0 MMA fighter was given his UFC contract, the UFC President Dana White watched the welterweight, now lightweight, with former UFC Welterweight champion Matt Serra at a local show in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and both made fun of the Texan for having surfer dude good looks and a fake tan.
So, when Northcutt executed a double leg slam and triggered a rear naked choke, he shocked both Dana White and Matt Serra.
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“No one saw that coming,” White said, via UFC.com.
Long time coming
The 19-year-old has known for a long time that he wanted to be a MMA fighter. At age nine he was the youngest person to be featured on the front cover of Sport Karate magazine.
“They asked me what my goals were, and I said I wanted to be a UFC champion,” Northcutt explained.
“My parents knew I would be in this situation. It was the greatest call I ever got in my life.”
Northcutt will make the step up to the elite MMA organisation this Saturday, but that doesn’t faze him, and he acts like he has done this a million times:
“I’ve fought on the world stage,” he said. “Ireland, Croatia, all across the States, I was a 40-time world champion in the karate organization I fought in.
"When Bruce Buffer announces my name, that will be the coolest thing to ever happen to me. I’ve heard it in my mind a million times.”
Most upcoming UFC fighters train specifically for their opponent before fight night, but don’t count Northcutt in amongst that group.
“I never train for any one particular person,” he says.
“I’ve never had a traditional training camp. There’s so much I need to learn, so I just work on me. I am constantly training my stand-up, my grappling and my wrestling. I don’t know Trevino besides a few YouTube fights. It is what it is.”
The young prospect may look like Ken from Barbie, but there is no doubt that this talented martial artist has plenty of potential, and Dana White may have just found a future superstar amongst the likes of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor.