With a week to go before he welcome fast-rising UFC star Sage Northcutt into the Octagon for the second time, Cody Pfister is pulling no punches, calling the 19-year-old’s impressive physique into question.
Pfister recently told Bloody Elbow:
“From what I’ve heard [Northcutt’s] been drug tested like four times, I think that says something. He’s f——g jacked, I’m sure he’s juicing, but who knows. I might be wrong on that and he’s just naturally gifted, but it doesn’t matter.”
According to USADA’s latest records (updated on Dec. 2), Northcutt has been tested three times since becoming a contracted fighter with the UFC.
Northcutt first made his UFC debut during the preliminary portion of UFC 192 in Houston. Gaining notoriety through his appearance on “Dana White: Looking for a Fight” while fighting for Legacy Fighting Championship, Northcutt managed to further his hype with a 57-second TKO over Fransisco Trevino.
Six years his opponent’s elder, Pfister enters his UFC Fight Night 80 bout with “Super” Sage with a 12-4 record in MMA. He last defeated Yosdenis Cedeno in a three-round unanimous decision at UFC 189 in July.
With only one UFC win under Northcutt’s belt, “The Pfist” isn’t quite sure if the teenage MMA fighter is deserving of all the hype surrounding his name just yet.
“Maybe [the UFC has] been pushing him too much,” he said of Northcutt. “Look at the guys he’s fought. [Trevino] took the fight on short notice, he failed for marijuana, didn’t make weight. Just how focused was that guy?”
The two lightweights open up the main card at UFC Fight Night 80, headlined by strawweights Rose Namajunas and Paige VanZant.