Free Agency has Never Been so ‘Super’

Sage Northcutt has been described as a lot of things since he back-flipped his way onto the MMA community’s radar in 2015. “A pretty boy who wants to fight” was how Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White branded him on the inaugural season of his “Lookin’ for a Fight” series, a label that stuck even after the former karate champion earned a contract with the promotion and began racking up wins. “A rich, privileged white boy” was how Kevin Lee called it in December 2015, irked at the “Conor McGregor treatment” the then-19-year old was receiving despite being untested against elite competition. “The nicest cage fighter in the world” is another moniker that’s stuck around, a reference to Northcutt’s almost disconcerting cheerfulness and civility in a business that can too often be short on both.

More recently, Northcutt seems to have found his feet in the Octagon after a couple of false starts — earning the tag of a fighter gradually living up to the hype. And as of last week, he’s also repping the label of “free agent”, telling ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he’s fought out his UFC contract and very much open to courting offers from the likes of Bellator MMA and One Championship.

What an interesting turn of events for “Super Sage.”

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