22-year-old Sage Northcutt, one of the UFC’s most recognizable athletes could potentially become a free agent in the next 90 days after he fought out the last fight on his contract with a win.
Speaking to ESPN, Team Alpha Male founder and Sage’s coach at the gym, Urijah Faber confirmed with the new home of UFC that his win over Zak Ottow in Boise, Sage was his last on his current deal.
“[Last week’s Zak Ottow fight] was his last fight,” Faber said, “and I really hope they re-sign him. He is the perfect ambassador for the sport.” Faber told ESPN.
Once a fighter sees out the remaining fight on his contract, the UFC then has a 90-day exclusive negotiating period, meaning promotions such as Bellator cannot attempt to sign Sage until this window has expired.
Northcutt is coming off a very impressive comeback victory over 6-fight UFC Vet Ottow. Northcutt was dropped badly and dominated on the ground for the entire round by managed to scramble and hurt Ottow in the closing seconds before himself dominating and stopping Ottow with ground strikes in the 2nd round.
Northcutt is 6-2 in the UFC and is currently on a 3-fight win streak. He was picked up by Dana White on his reality show ‘Dana White’s Looking For A Fight’ and has been an attraction since. At such a young age and so much potential to fulfil yet, it is impossible to see why the UFC would not resign him again, especially when Bellator would jump at the chance to grab the young Texan.