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sage northcutt

It’s pretty hard to believe that 19-year-old prospect Sage Northcutt does not train full-time.

Northcutt, who attends college, did take time off from school to prepare for his UFC debut. But, he’s thinking about doing even more – training, not school – moving forward.

“Last semester, I was taking classes full time and I didn’t have enough time to train MMA. This semester, I took off some of my classes and this was the first fight I truly got to train for,” he said, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I might take a little time off from school to train. I’d be a totally different animal if I trained full time.”

The youngest fighter on the UFC roster, Northcutt has the same goal as everybody else: gold.

“When I was nine years old, I was on the cover of Sport Karate magazine,” he said. “Then I said that I’d fight in the UFC. Now I’ve done that and I believe I can win the title belt. That’s my new goal.”

vitor belfort

The fight card for UFC Fight Night 77 has been set, as Vitor Belfort faces Dan Henderson for a third time on November 7.

The card takes place inside the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the main card and four prelims airing on FOX Sports 1. The first three bouts will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Along with Belfort-Henderson, Patrick Cummins and Glover Teixeira square off at light heavyweight and bantamweights Thomas Almeida and Anthony Birchak collide.

Check out the complete fight card below:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1)

Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson

Light Heavyweight: Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins

Bantamweight: Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak

Lightweight: Alex Oliveira vs. Piotr Hallmann

Lightweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov

Light Heavyweight: Fabio Maldonado vs. Tom Lawlor


Lightweight: Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo

Lightweight: Johnny Case vs. Yan Cabral

Featherweight: Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares

Featherweight: Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza


Welterweight: Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov

Bantamweight: Jimmie Rivera vs. Pedro Munhoz

Flyweight: Bruno Rodrigues vs. Matheus Nicolau

wsof 25

World Series of Fighting 25 in November will play host to a special one-night, eight-fighter tournament to crown the No. 1 contender in the lightweight division.

Luis Palomino, Brian Foster, Mike Ricci, Islam Mamedov, Brian Cobb, Jorge Patino, Joao Zeferino and Rich Patishnock will all via to be the next challenger to Justin Gaethje’s reign.

Set for November 20 from Phoenix and the Comerica Theatre, the main card will air live on NBC Sports Network. Quarterfinal round matchups are expected to be announced shortly.

“We are excited to roll out our first-ever, one-night tournament filled with some of MMA’s top lightweight fighters, and to distinguish a new number one contender in this weight class that has been growing aggressively and is packed with world-class talent,” World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo said.

Palomino (23-11) is coming off an unforgettable, second, all-out slugfest with reigning, undefeated World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje in the main event of WSOF 23, a fight that was named “Fight of the Month” for September last week.

The 34-year-old Palomino, who holds notable wins over the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Gesias Cavalcante and Patino, put Gaethje on the defensive in the outset of their rematch before being stopped near the close of the second round (4:30) with a Gaethje barrage of punches.

Another proven entity who has fought remarkable wars in the cage, Foster (23-7) is fresh off a spectacular performance at WSOF 23 where the 31-year-old scored a thunderous, first round (:32) KO (punch) of previously unbeaten LaRue Burley.

Ricci (10-4) is one of the latest additions to the ever-growing World Series of Fighting roster. The 29-year-old, Firas Zahabi-trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt has faced and defeated a collection of top rivals during his seven-year professional career.

Mamedov (12-1) is a ferocious 25-year-old who is unbeaten in his last 10 starts, a streak that dates back to Aug. 1, 2010. To date, Mamedov has made two appearances in the World Series of Fighting cage, scoring vicious, first round TKO’s on Leon Davis and Jimmy Spicuzza at WSOF 20 and WSOF 22, respectively.

Cobb (20-8) is a wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu expert who has produced submission finishes in 12 of his 20 career wins since his professional debut in 2004. He holds notable victories over fellow standouts Rad Martinez, Drew Fickett, Kazunori Yokota and Ronys Torres.

Patino (38-15-2, 1 NC) holds black belts in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, and boasts the most one-night tournament competition experience of the six competitors slated for action, thus far, in the Nov. 20 affair. Of the seven previous one-night tournaments he saw action in, the 42-year-old emerged the winner in five of them.

Zeferino (18-6) is a submission ace who has won 13 of his 18 career conquests by way of submission. A new addition to the World Series of Fighting roster, the 29-year-old will make his promotional debut in the midst of a five-fight win streak.

Patishnock (6-2) is a 27-year-old rising star and a three-time veteran of World Series of Fighting action. Under the promotional banner, he holds victories over Igor Gracie and Gregor Gracie, both members of MMA’s legendary first family.

T.J. Dillashaw Departs For Colorado-Based Fight Team

UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw became the first fighter to bring Octagon gold back to Team Alpha Male.

Now, Dillashaw will take his title and move on, as he has joined the Elevation Fight Team in Colorado, according to multiple sources.

Dillashaw (12-2) is set to defend his title against Dominick Cruz this January. He started training with Duane Ludwig – who left TAM and opened his own gym in Colorado – and claimed the UFC belt when he defeated Renan Barao.

Leister Bowling is the head coach at Elevation, but Dillashaw is expected to continue to work with Ludwig for striking. Others based out of the MusclePharm Sports Science Center and Research Institute in Denver are Matt Brown, Clay Guida, Neil Magny and Cat Zingano.

“The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me,” Dillashaw told “I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we’ve shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career.

“I will be spending my next full training camp with Elevation Fight Team as they’ve offered me an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, with an incredible coaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities.”

Dillashaw, a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, was the center of friction between Ludwig and Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber. Ludwig and Faber have gone back-and-forth in the media, hurling accusations at one another.

one tigers of asia

ONE middleweight champion Igor Svirid makes his first title defense this Friday at ONE: Tigers of Asia against Vitaly Bigdash.

Set for the Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the card boasts several fights that were cancelled from a previous event.

Along with Svirid-Bigdash, female flyweight Ann Osman and Irina Mazepa take to the cage. Other planned bouts include Honorio Banario-Ev Ting, Peter Davis-Adrian Pang and Eric Kelly-Hiroshige Tanaka.

Check out the complete fight card below:


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