After taking another defeat while fighting at welterweight, Sage Northcutt’s reporting his next bout will be back at 155.
Northcutt took on Bryan Barberena in a welterweight scrap last January, and lost via submission. “Super” returned to lightweight in July and decisioned Enrique Marin, before being called out by Mickey Gall for another fight at 170. Northcutt also lost that fight via tap-out.
Well, recently Northcutt appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and he had this to say about his bout with Gall, and his future (quote via MMA Fighting):
“You know, obviously, anytime you lose you learn from it,” Northcutt said. “Not that you regret it but it’s a learning experience, and I’ll be back down at 155 now. I’m a natural 155er. So, that’ll be a good weight class for me.”
“Yes sir, [I don’t have an] exactly a set date, but maybe sometime in the next three months, four months, and back at 155. So I’ll be learning the most I can until then, and improving.”
It’s not surprising to hear this, since Northcutt’s only pro defeats have come against welterweights. Since Northcutt is only 20 year’s old, and because he’s 6’0 tall, there’s a very good chance he’s going to need to move to welterweight at some point.
Northcutt also said he has no opponents in mind, in terms of a lightweight for his next fight. It will be interesting to see what direction the UFC goes in this respect. Will Northcutt take on another rising prospect like Gall? Or veteran fighter who isn’t knocking on the door of the top 15? Hard to say.
Prior to Barberena, Northcutt faced lightweight Cody Pfister and he submitted the latter with a second round, guillotine choke.