Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight prospect Sage Northcutt has decided to return to the welterweight division after stating the weight cut to 155 pounds was proving to be too difficult for the 22 year-old.
Northcutt made his UFC debut in 2015 at lightweight winning his first two bouts in under one minute against Francisco Trevino and Cody Pfister. “Super” then moved to welterweight, losing his first professional bout to Bryan Barberena by submission. His second fight at welterweight didn’t go well either losing to Micky Gall also by submission.
Inside the UFC, Northcutt is 5-0 as a lightweight and 0-2 as a welterweight, but has said the weight cut to 155 pounds is really tough which is why he is prepared to give welterweight another go:
“My last few fights at 155, the weight cuts [have] been really tough, the last few pounds, my body kind of stopped sweating,” Northcutt told James Lynch in an interview released Sunday. I could make the weight, it’s just I really want to go out there and put on a great show and try to finish off my opponents. So I feel like 170 is more of a natural weight for me, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Northcutt has said the weight cut process from his walking around weight of 170 pounds to the 155 pound lightweight amount would take around 30 hours and greatly affected his performance. At 170 pounds it’s much easier:
“Before to make weight at 155, I had to walk around 170ish,” Northcutt told Lynch. “And now, going to 170, I’m walking around at 185, 190. So hopefully, it’ll be a good weight cut. I think it’ll be easy.”
Sage Northcutt is scheduled to face Zak Ottow at UFC Fight Night Boise on July 14 and will be looking to notch up his first win in the welterweight division.