UFC Fight Night 133 Results: Sage Northcutt Survives Butt-Kicking to Kick Butt

CM Punk may be the dude who doesn’t belong in the Octagon the most, but for a while that distinction was held by Sage Northcutt, who was plucked from obscurity via “Dana White’s Looking for a Fight” show and given a slot that maybe he wasn’t ready for.

He’s since chewed up some lesser opponents and spit them out, gotten chewed up himself, and along the way has actually become a bit better at this whole fighting thing. I mean, training with Urijah Faber has certainly helped.

Anyhoo, in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 133, our boy got to face Zak Ottow, a total ham-and-egger but someone with at least some wins over quality opponents (like Mike Pyle). He also purportedly has a jiu-jitsu black belt, so Northcutt wasn’t getting fed an easy meal here… as evidenced by the immediate butt-kicking Northcutt was taking right out of the gate.

Just about the first punch Ottow threw nailed Northcutt square and dropped him, and Ottow was all over him with his jiu-jitsu. But Northcutt dodged whatever submissions Ottow was trying to set up, and whenever Ottow slid into mount, Northcutt expertly regained guard. It was pretty impressive! And then, in the final minute or so of the round, Northcutt found his way to this feet, and lit Ottow up with strikes too fast for Ottow to see.

Northcutt picked up where he left off in Round 2, devastating his opponent with strikes, and the end came when Ottow got taken down, tried to grab an ankle, and Northcutt hammerfisted him into oblivion.

Dare I say it: Northcutt looked pretty good?

 

Results: Sage Northcutt def. Zak Ottow via KO (Hammerfists) at 3:13, R2

 

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Sage Northcutt Feels ‘Too Drained’ at 155, Has ‘Way More Energy and Strength’ at Welterweight

Considering that both of his UFC losses had come at 170 pounds, it didn’t seem like the best idea for Sage Northcutt to return to welterweight in the Las Vegas-based promotion.
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Cyborg Thinks Nunes Fight ‘Will Be My Last In The UFC’

It sounds like the rocky relationship between the UFC and Cris Cyborg will continue right up until her contract expires in early 2019.

Cris Cyborg is not happy about the timing of a proposed champion vs. champion superfight with Amanda Nunes. We mentioned this earlier in the weekend when the women’s featherweight champion took to Twitter to complain about the UFC sending contracts with a December 30th date, which would be 10 months since she last fought in March.

But unbeknownst to us, Cyborg had done a video interview with Globo’s Combate around the same time getting much deeper into the situation than even Twitter’s new 280 character limit could allow.

”If Amanda needs six months to get ready for this fight – actually a year, right, because she challenged me in December … It’s the same thing that someone comes to your house, knocking at your door and saying ‘I want call you to fight’ and then suddenly saying ‘Hey, wait there, I need a year to get ready,’” Cyborg said (via the magic of Google Translate).

“When you challenge, you have to be prepared for the time that the fight happens. I find it disrespectful to myself, waiting for the person for a year. I have no problem fighting Amanda on December 29, she wants some time to prepare. But I believe I could fight before and at least not wait all this time, because we get paid when we fight, and you do not get paid when you don’t fight.”

”There are girls that can fight from my category,” she said. “Only they do not want it, they want me to fight only with Amanda. Only we have to wait 10 months, almost a year for this fight to happen!”

Having Cyborg sit out for 10 months at the peak of her athletic career isn’t the only thing bugging her about the UFC right now. There’s also the issue of the upcoming Ultimate Fighter season with women’s featherweights, which Cyborg claims is actually just a bunch of puffed up bantamweights.

”They made the TUF house and cut all the girls who were 145 pounds,” Cyborg said. “They just signed up girls who can make 135.”

All in all, it makes for an unhappy Cyborg who sounds uninterested in re-signing with the UFC once her contract ends early next year.

”I think this fight will be my last in the UFC, because my contract goes until March and I doing this fight in December, I think it will be the last one the guys will see me fight.”

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Sage Northcutt Feels ‘Too Drained’ at 155, Has ‘Way More Energy and Strength’ at Welterweight

Considering that both of his UFC losses had come at 170 pounds, it didn’t seem like the best idea for Sage Northcutt to return to welterweight in the Las Vegas-based promotion.
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Sage Northcutt Feels ‘Too Drained’ at 155, Has ‘Way More Energy and Strength’ at Welterweight

Considering that both of his UFC losses had come at 170 pounds, it didn’t seem like the best idea for Sage Northcutt to return to welterweight in the Las Vegas-based promotion.
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UFC Fight Night 133 Results: Sage Northcutt Survives Butt-Kicking to Kick Butt

CM Punk may be the dude who doesn’t belong in the Octagon the most, but for a while that distinction was held by Sage Northcutt, who was plucked from obscurity via “Dana White’s Looking for a Fight” show and given a slot that maybe he wasn’t ready for.

He’s since chewed up some lesser opponents and spit them out, gotten chewed up himself, and along the way has actually become a bit better at this whole fighting thing. I mean, training with Urijah Faber has certainly helped.

Anyhoo, in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 133, our boy got to face Zak Ottow, a total ham-and-egger but someone with at least some wins over quality opponents (like Mike Pyle). He also purportedly has a jiu-jitsu black belt, so Northcutt wasn’t getting fed an easy meal here… as evidenced by the immediate butt-kicking Northcutt was taking right out of the gate.

Just about the first punch Ottow threw nailed Northcutt square and dropped him, and Ottow was all over him with his jiu-jitsu. But Northcutt dodged whatever submissions Ottow was trying to set up, and whenever Ottow slid into mount, Northcutt expertly regained guard. It was pretty impressive! And then, in the final minute or so of the round, Northcutt found his way to this feet, and lit Ottow up with strikes too fast for Ottow to see.

Northcutt picked up where he left off in Round 2, devastating his opponent with strikes, and the end came when Ottow got taken down, tried to grab an ankle, and Northcutt hammerfisted him into oblivion.

Dare I say it: Northcutt looked pretty good?

 

Results: Sage Northcutt def. Zak Ottow via KO (Hammerfists) at 3:13, R2

 

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UFC Boise, The Morning After: Judging Doesn’t Have to Stay This Murky

What you may have missed from last night

Several questionable decisions by three judges irrevocably affected the careers and lives of more than one mixed martial artist last night at UFC Fight Night 133. Justin Scoggins, Dennis Bermudez, and Eddie Wineland all suffered decision losses with scorecards that surprised many onlookers. Bermudez and Scoggins suffered split decision losses, while Wineland’s loss was unanimous.

It’s not that the judges’ scorecards were completely indefensible. Bermudez landed a number of takedowns in round 2 against Rick Glenn, but also absorbed a number of chipping blows in the standup exchanges. Scoggins’ loss to Said Nurmagomedov came down to what was, watching in retrospect with no sound, a very close round 1 (Although, to make things weird, it was round 3, which should have been Nurmagomedov’s round easily, that Scoggins won on a judge’s scorecard). Eddie Wineland’s second and third rounds with Alejandro Perez were very close, tactical standup affairs.

It was Mike Mikkelson who turned in a couple of these truly bizarre scorecards, including a complete head-scratcher in scoring all three rounds against Dennis Bermudez

There are several frustrating aspects to the state of judging in MMA. One is that bad decisions are irreversible. This is understandable, but it raises the stakes. For Dennis Bermudez, this is the third split decision loss he has suffered in a row, all against Team Alpha Male fighters, all of them with room to think he won the fight. He might lose his spot in the UFC over one judge’s unpopular opinion. For Scoggins, who has been struggling to corral his obvious talent into wins in the sport, this should have been his first win since 2016. It wasn’t. For Wineland, the loss will likely drop him out of top fifteen rankings.

The second frustrating aspect is the utter lack of accountability. Judges do not need to explain their decisions to anyone, and they don’t. They are paid very little for their work, and their job is difficult. Still, there ought to be a clear and public review process for calling especially egregious decisions into question. Tied to this is the question, why are there only three judges? Tripling that number would reduce the uncertainty and the danger that just one fallible human gets it wrong or misses a key moment to a round.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, their decisions are on a round-by-round basis, but fighters and coaches can only guess at the score until the fight ends. This leaves them in the dark as to the approach they need to take. For Scoggins, this meant staying elusive and seemingly riding out much of the third round; as a fighter who is infamous for making mental mistakes and giving away fights he is winning, this was a logical choice for him- but it was dead wrong based on the actual scorecards; he needed to be going for a finish. For Bermudez, it would have been incredibly helpful to know he was down two rounds on two judges’ cards. He should have been going for a finish- but he had no way of knowing that.

Open scoring is something several fighters have called for, and last night in Boise reinforced the case for it. Fighters need to know where they stand so they can make better in-fight decisions. It would increase the urgency in some cases and reduce it in others, but most importantly it would give fighters feedback on how they are doing in-fight, and suggest whether their approach is working or whether they need to up the intensity. For most of us, a bad decision doesn’t affect our lives. For the betting public, it certainly does, but for the fighters, a single bad decision alters the entire arc of a career spent in blood, sweat, and brain trauma. We owe it to the fighters who lay their health on the line to fix this.

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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Warns That Amanda Nunes Fight Could Be Her Last UFC Appearance

Last week, news broke that the Ultimate Fighting Championship was targeting Dec. 29 for a superfight between featherweight queen Cristiane Justino and bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes.
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UFC Fight Night 133 Bonuses: Niko Price Pockets $50K for Rarely-Seen Finish

There were a few impressive performances at UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday night, but Niko Price’s victorious effort is the one most likely to stick in the memory banks.
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UFC Fight Night 133 Results: Niko Price KOs Randy Brown in Pretty Creative Fashion

The reality show “Dana White’s Looking for a Fight” gave us Randy Brown, and thus far, Brown has had some decent wins in the Octagon to offset a few losses.

It takes a bold white dude to rock the corn rows in his hair, but Niko Price is one such bold dude.

Brown is all lanky limbs and movement in the first, with Price throwing heat and Brown firing back. It’s pretty even in terms of striking effectiveness… until Brown lands a knee to Price’s dome that wobbles him at the bell.

Round 2 sees Brown get Price down, and pound away from the top as Price swivels and goes for a heelhook attempt. But somewhere along the way Price traps Brown’s head with his foot as a backstop, and when he wails away with hammerfists (from the bottom), he knocks Brown unconscious.

Well, okay then.

 

Results: Niko Price def. Randy Brown via KO (Hammerfists) at 1:09, R2

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