On the eve of UFC on FOX 22 from Sacramento, California, this weekend, we wanted to take a look at the co-main event which features two of the UFC’s fastest rising stars. “Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight” alums Sage Northcutt and Mickey Gall square off in a welterweight contest in what has to be a cornerstone moment for the UFC’s budding reality show. Two fighters found on the show duking it out in primetime on a major television network for the world to see – talk about having made it to the big time.
While both got their starts in the UFC the same way, their paths leading up to this fight are anything but similar.
“Super” Sage Northcutt is the original “Lookin’ For a Fight” prodigy having burst onto the scene in the show’s pilot episode. After surprising both Dana and Matt Serra with a dominant victory at Legacy Fighting Championship 44, the Texas native was quickly offered a contract by the boss.
After entering the UFC with a 5-0 record, Sage now sits at 8-1 having gone 3-1 in his 4 UFC bouts. At 20 years old Northcutt is still growing as a fighter and while we have seen some highly impressive things from Sage thus far, one has to believe the best is yet to come. Splitting his time between training and finishing his degree at Texas A&M where’s he’s majoring in petroleum engineering, this may be the first time we see Sage fight with a full camp behind him.
In a short time Sage has become a quick fan favorite. Always smiling, flipping, and of course looking ripped, Northcutt’s playful antics have even caught the eye of one Chrissy Teigen with his apple ripping abilities.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 30, 2016
Sage, being the southern gentleman that he is, obliged…
— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) November 30, 2016
While he may not be ripping apples or doing flips, Mickey Gall has had his own brush with celebrity since entering the UFC. In fact, it’s how the New Jersey native talked his way into the UFC in the first place. When “Lookin’ For a Fight” came to sit in on Dead Serious MMA 17 in Philadelphia, PA, Gall made the most of his opportunity:
The call out of CM Punk impressed Dana enough to give Gall the opportunity, pending a victory inside the octagon. Gall made quick work of Mike Jackson in his UFC debut in February scoring a first round submission, and securing one of the most high-profile fights of the year.
Mickey went on to face CM Punk at UFC 203 where he once again dominated and moved
to 3-0, with all three wins coming via rear-naked choke. Gall wants to be known as more than just the guy that beat CM Punk and another big showing this Saturday in Sacramento could help change his fate.
The war of words between the two has been somewhat one-sided as trash talking isn’t Sage Northcutt’s style, but both fighters have been quick to point out that they each think they have the edge over their opponent in every aspect of the game. Gall went old-school WWE and challenged Sage to a hair vs. hair match, but Northcutt shot the idea down.
Neither fighter is afraid to mix it up inside the cage and we could be in for one hell of a fight. Both Sage and Mickey have already climbed the fame ladder in the sport high enough that even a loss this weekend wouldn’t prove to be too detrimental to their careers. Two “Lookin’ For a Fight” alums going at it on the biggest stage is just what that show is all about. And it proves if there’s one thing that Dana White knows, it’s how to spot talent.
UFC on FOX 22 take place live this Saturday December 17th from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
UFC Fight Pass prelims: 3:30PM/12:30PM ET/PT
FSI Prelims: 5pm/2pm ET/PT
FOX Main Card: 8pm/5pm ET/PT