UFC champ Conor McGregor is credited with opening the floodgates of a particularly belligerent era of trash-talk. But fellow lightweight Sage Northcutt might just be setting a new discourse trend.
It might not be as exciting but, hey, at least it’s G-rated.
Northcutt put together his first UFC winning streak at this past Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 126 after earning a decision win over Thibault Gouti (12-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC). Considering Northcutt (10-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has been a consistent target of callouts, win or lose, it’s no surprise the momentum attracted at least one suitor.
While Northcutt did walk away with the unanimous call on the judges’ scorecards, readings of the bout varied. In fact, as shown by MMADecisions.com, most media members scored it Gouti’s way. While “Super” acknowledges his opponent had the takedown edge, he told reporters after the fight that he still believed his win was fair.
Given both his UFC (and career) losses happened at welterweight, Northcutt remains perfect as a lightweight and, according to our very non-scientific calculations, is still the undisputed champion of nice.
Considering that Diakiese is now on a two-fight skid, having most recently suffered a submission loss to Daniel Hooker, Northcutt might have different plans in mind. But you can’t blame a guy for shooting his shot. And, considering both fighters’ striking skills, this could certainly be an interesting one for the fans.
It helps that, after the fight, Northcutt said he plans on staying at the 155-pound division for now. He is now looking forward to getting back to his newly adopted Team Alpha Male home and making improvements – or, as they would probably say in Northcutt-land, get even more awesome. (via GIPHY)view original article >>