UFC 200 is set to unfold tonight (Sat., July 9, 2016) live on pay-per-view (PPV) from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. But, before the UFC 200 PPV main card begins at 10 p.m. ET, a stacked “Prelims” undercard set the stage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1).
In the opening FS1 “Prelims” bout, “Super” Sage Northcutt looked to rebound after losing his first professional bout to Bryan Barberena back at UFC on FOX 18. He was taking on a fairly unknown Lightweight prospect in Enrique Marin.
Even under the bright spotlight of UFC 200, the 20-year-old Northcutt looked confident and light on his feet in the early going. He pressured Marin with quick jabs, sneaky high kicks and overall movement to begin the first round. Marin was able to tie the youngster up along the cage and briefly drag him to the yellow Octagon canvas, but Northcutt responded and got back to his feet.
In round two, Marin continued to pressure with his ground game. He secured a nasty arm bar that nearly snapped Northcutt’s arm, but “Super” hung in tough and escaped in fashion. Northcutt was forced to fend off another submission attempt before the second round came to a close.
While Northcutt looked to stand and deliver elbows against Marin, “Wasabi” was relentless in his chest-to-chest pressure. He closed the gap well, took Northcutt’s range away from him, forced him to reach down deep and ward off the takedown. But no matter what Marin threw at the young Lightweight, Northcutt was able to respond with some solid offense.
In the end, “Super” earned the unanimous decision on the heels of damaging blows and overall effectiveness. It wasn’t his best performance to date, but showed he’s capable of getting best a fighter only looking to grapple with him.
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