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Morning Report: Sage Northcutt takes opponent's steroid accusations as 'a major compliment'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Those of us with Adonis-like physiques are used to tuning out the noise.

UFC lightweight Sage Northcutt hasn't been around long, but he's already drawing heat from the critics.

He's fighting one of them Thursday when he takes on Cody Pfister, a man raising questions about the 19-year-old's athletic build.

"From what I've heard [Northcutt's] been drug tested like four [three] times, I think that says something," Pfister told Bloody Elbow. "He's f***ing jacked, I'm sure he's juicing, but who knows. I might be wrong on that and he's just naturally gifted, but it doesn't matter."

Well, Northcutt doesn't seem to mind the comments. He's too busy drinking chicken and bending frying pans.

"I don't care that he said that," Northcutt told Yahoo!'s Kevin Iole. "That's a major compliment to me. I'm very thankful they're saying stuff like that. It's very nice of them. But I know how hard I've trained since I was a little kid. I've been dieting for 15 years."

Iole compares Northcutt's father, Mark, to Marv Marinovich who famously or infamously raised his son Todd to become an elite NFL quarterback prospect. It didn't work out so well for "Robo QB" but such is life.

"I've been on strict diets the whole time and eating right and training hard the whole time," said Northcutt. "I've worked to be where I am right now. Since I was four, I've been eating egg whites, fish, grilled chicken, rice, vegetables, super lean hamburger meat, foods like that, ever since I was just a little kid. I was drinking protein shakes back then."

Northcutt faces Pfister Dec. 10 at UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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