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Northcutt once hid behind a waterfall to avoid getting eaten by bears

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UFC fighter Sage Northcutt shared a story about the time he thought he was about to get eaten by wild animals.

Sage Northcutt recently left school to fight full-time and train with Team Alpha Male. The young UFC prospect detailed one of his more frightening — but actually funny —experiences after the Texan moved to Sacramento to work with Mr. Faber and the rest of the team.

“One of the first times that I was up in Sacramento, California, I was up in the mountains – and this is almost towards the Lake Tahoe area. I’m up in the mountains, I went running and climbed this waterfall by myself,” Northcutt told Submission Radio. “I’m in the middle of nowhere, I climbed about two miles past the waterfall, and all of a sudden everything gets real quiet.

“Well, I didn’t know at the time, but there’s black bears up there. So I heard something grunting. All I had was a little tiny knife on me just for like protection, just because I need it, but it couldn’t do anything to a black bear, I don’t think,” he explained.

“So, what I did was I hid behind the water that was coming out of the waterfall, and it was absolutely freezing. So, I hid for about five minutes. I didn’t move. And when I heard the grunting stop, I just took off sprinting. I literarily sprinted two miles as fast as I could, hiked down the waterfall and made it back to my truck.

“It was pretty crazy because at first I was like, maybe it’s a cougar, maybe it’s something… I didn’t know what it was,” he continued. “And I’m over behind the waterfall where the water’s coming out, and I take my phone out and I’m trying to google if there’s bears in California.

“And then I remembered, like, I saw a statue of a bear. It was a gold bear or a silver bear in Sacramento like an hour and a half away. So I’m like OK, like, there’s gotta be bears. So then I just waited, I was completely quiet and didn’t move. And then when it stopped, I was, my heart was definitely racing cause I took off so fast. My adrenalin was going so much I felt like I was floating on my feet, like, flying.

“So that was a crazy story because I felt like I was gonna get eaten.”

The 22-year-old didn’t get eaten, and he was also able to win his most recent fight last February. Listen to his entire interview below:

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