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Where does Sage Northcutt come from, and how did he alight in such a sordid game as this?

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Not that the fight game is brimming with unsavory characters, but it does tend to fetch a certain type — the truth is, sometimes volatile people hold themselves together by wrapping their hands. For control freaks, rules can be a tricky thing, too, because…well, people who go in for self-destruction should be given a little leeway. In fighting we deal in squints and asterisks and in turning the other cheek. A lot of times we tag such cases as “redemption” stories. This week in New Jersey, there is a casual representation of the fact.

Ben Rothwell, though a most pleasant juggernaut to be around, served a suspension for elevated testosterone back in 2013, right after he discovered himself in a berserker moment against Brandon Vera (though he had a pretty legit excuse). Josh Barnett, whom he faces in Saturday night’s co-main event in Newark, has had some fairly major run-ins with PEDs, himself. Anthony Johnson, who is vying for another title shot, was suspended by the UFC for domestic abuse. The man he’s hoping to face in the year 2016, former champion Jon Jones…well, let’s not run the word count up in this column.

All of these figures are past those episodes and onto more happy presents as we head into UFC on FOX 18. Nothing within these backlogs is really all that unique in the fight game.

What is unique is Sage Northcutt’s presence among them.

Because, man, what a strange place for such an innocent soul to alight. In New Jersey. Among the fight game periphery of liars and cheats and con-artists, petty tyrants, shysters, and a cynical media who distrusts his smile enough to use the “f” word right there in front of him. Though people can’t accept a freakish athlete ….View full article

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