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.

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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