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UFC 200: Sage Northcutt Says Loss to Bryan Barberena Was a “Fluke”…

Kelsey Mowatt

Sage Northcutt

If you’re a Bryan Barberena fan, and were buzzing after he submitted Sage Northcutt, well, the lightweight’s recent comments about the fight might not sit too well…

As you probably recall, the 27 year-old vet faced the 20 year-old prospect back in January, and tapped Northcutt with a second round, arm-triangle-choke. It was a big win for Barberena, as he was coming off a loss to Chad Laprise, and it’s no secret that Northcutt has received a huge push from the UFC.

Following the defeat, however, Northcutt revealed that he had been battling strep throat prior to the fight. UFC boss man Dana White backed “Super” up, and said that Northcutt shouldn’t have even fought at UFC on FOX 18.

Well, recently Northcutt appeared on “The MMA Hour” in advance of his UFC 200 bout with Enrique Marin, and he had this to say about the loss (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I believe, looking back at my last fight, that was a fluke deal,” Northcutt said. “If I wasn’t sick, I believe I would’ve finished off my opponent very quickly. That’s what I go out there and do all the time, is finish off my opponents. I had four knockouts and three submissions, so that’s what I’m looking to do for this fight and I’m just excited.”

The words “very quickly” are probably going to sting Barberena boosters the most, as “Bam Bam” has since gone on to decision Warlley Alves, who had won 10 straight prior. Perhaps at some point, Northcutt and Barberena will lock horns again?

It will be interesting to see how Northcutt performs at UFC 200. There’s no question he has a ton of potential.

The July 9th card will go down at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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