The Sage Northcutt hype train keeps on rolling.
The 19-year-old lightweight from the Houston area won for the second time just over two months on Thursday night, as he shook off a slow start and benefited from a questionable call against Colorado's Cody Pfister.
Northcutt improved to 7-0 with seven finishes as he used a guillotine choke to submit Pfister 41 seconds into the second round of their UFC Fight Night 80 bout at The Cosmpolitan in Las Vegas.
Pfister appeared to be well in control of the first round as he scored a takedown early and maintained top position. He never came remotely close to finishing Northcutt, but he was clearly working when referee Mark Smith made a highly debatable call for a standup.
It's not Northcutt's fault he was the beneficiary of such a call, of course. And he made the most of the opportunity he was handed. Northcutt scored a near-immediate takedown and finished the round in top position. Then the end came early in the second. Pfister, a wrestler, shot in for the takedown, but Northcutt transitioned it into the winning guillotine.
"So with the first takedown, I heard he was a wrestler, he got the takedown and had me on the back against the cage," Northcutt said. "When he shot for the next takedown I got the guillotine tight, I knew I had it."