Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber confirmed Monday on The MMA Hour that Northcutt was working with the Sacramento-based squad ahead of Northcutt’s lightweight bout against Claudio Puelles on July 29 at UFC 214.
“He’s out here learning the good stuff,” Faber said on The MMA Hour. “He and I just got done doing a little private (lesson).”
Northcutt, a 21-year-old prospect who’s racked up a 3-2 Octagon record since debuting in the UFC to heavy fanfare in Oct. 2015, recently announced that he would be putting his studies at Texas A&M University on hold in order to commit fully to his MMA career. “Super Sage” has trained with a variety of teams, including a brief stint at Montreal’s Tristar Gym, but Faber appeared confident that Northcutt’s relationship with Team Alpha Male would be on a “more permanent” basis after UFC 214.
“Right now, he works out with one of my very good buddies out of Paradigm in Texas, who I actually coached in college at UC Davis,” Faber said. “And so, this is a week out (for him) right now. He’s got a full camp, so I’m not sure how much he’s going to be out here for his camp, but it’s probably going to be a more permanent thing for him moving forward. But as of right now, he’s kind of splitting time, and man, what a fast learner and what a positive guy. He’s fun to be around.”
When asked if that meant Northcutt’s position on the team was settled moving forward, Faber responded affirmatively.
“I believe so,” Faber said. “You’d have to double check with him, but I think so.”
Faber also said he didn’t believe the Team Alpha Male coaches would be cornering Northcutt at UFC 214, but he wasn’t sure.
Either way, the addition comes at a positive time for the squad, which has long been one of MMA’s most talent rich.
The team just opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Sacramento and on Monday announced a unique sponsorship with California-based charter aviation company Mountain Lion Aviation, a sponsorship which Faber expects to open a variety of new opportunities for Team Alpha Male athletes. And while Team Alpha Male has built its reputation on being among the world’s premier homes for lighter-weight fighters — housing big names like UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt — Faber expects Northcutt to have plenty of capable training partners his size to work with.
“We have a lot of guys at the heavier weights, too,” Faber said. “Not heavier, heavier weights; we’ve got ‘85, ‘70s, ’55. We’ve got a couple guys, Josh Emmett is a 155-pounder, Damian Norris is a 155-pounder, so he’ll have some good guys to go with out here.”