In case it wasn’t clear before, it is now: Sage Northcutt is meant to fight at lighweight.
“Super” Sage returned to action Saturday night after an 11-month layoff and looked impressive in his return to 155 pounds. A poised Northcutt had little trouble against Michel Quinones in scoring a unanimous decision at UFC Norfolk. The judges’ scores were 30-27 across the board.
With the win, Northcutt (9-2) is now 4-0 in the UFC when competing at lightweight and 0-2 at welterweight.
Northcutt, who has been training with Team Alpha Male and was cornered for the fight by UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, wasted little energy in the opening round, as he was efficient with his strikes against an opponent who seemed wary to engage. Northcutt also landed a takedown in the closing seconds.
In the second, Quinones showed a bit of life, but it wasn’t anything Northcutt couldn’t handle, as he responded with counters and finished the round with another takedown.
The pace slowed a bit in the third, but Quinones rarely threatened. Northcutt scored a slam midway through the round and threw a cartwheel kick in the fight’s closing seconds.
Northcutt was his usual chipper self in his postfight interview.
“I just want to say real quick, whatever kind of problems you’ve been going through, maybe a hard time at work, maybe you’re having a hard time with your family, whatever it might be, you can overcome that,” Northcutt said. “You just have to keep your hopes up.”
Northcutt has won two of his past three fights. Quinones (8-3) is now 0-2 in the UFC.