On Saturday night, Texas A&M student Sage Northcutt is set to make his highly anticipated UFC debut. The 19-year-old lightweight has been receiving plenty of hype leading up to his fight which airs on the UFC Fight Pass portion of tonight’s UFC 192 preliminary card.
Northcutt’s opponent, Francisco Trevino, missed weight on Friday so the Aggie will receive 20 percent of Trevino’s purse — providing a nice boost in pay for his debut.
Northcutt, the UFC’s third youngest debutant, is a dynamic striker who many believe can be the next big thing in mixed martial arts.
Recently, Northcutt spoke about the excitement leading up to his debut on the big stage.
“I’m pumped up for the fight. I’m pumped to see everybody fight,” he said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It’s an honor to be out here to do an open workout with everybody. I’m very thankful for this. I’ve trained my whole life and I’ve had the UFC as a goal of mine. I’ve always visualized this. I’ve always seen myself being able to fight in the UFC. And here it is. I’m excited.”
Throughout his young MMA career, Northcutt has put together a 5-0 record with all wins coming by way of stoppage.
If he is able to put together a strong performance on Saturday night, the UFC marketing team will likely ramp up their efforts to push the potential star into the limelight.
Sure, Northcutt is young and has plenty of growing to do in the sport, but his looks, style and potential have everyone excited.
Will his UFC career begin on a high note on Saturday? We’ll have to tune in to find out.
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