Sage Northcutt is no longer a UFC fighter and he's not expected to sign it again – at least in a short time.
That's what UFC President Dana White says, confirming that the promotion had taken Northcutt out but did not rule out bringing the 22-year prospect back to some point.
"We let Sage go," confirmed White on the podcast "UFC Uniltered". "Sage is young and Sage needs work. Let him work in other organizations, and we'll see where this child will end up in a few years. Maybe we'll pick it up again.
White added, "His contract was in place, so we let him go."
The decision comes at a time when Northcutt was apparently on the rise. He won his contract in July at UFC Fight Night 133, where he knocked out Zak Ottow to bring his winning streak to three. Northcutt has been in the UFC for 19 years after discovering Dana White's "Looking For a Fight" reality show.
Northcutt (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) began his professional career 7-0, including consecutive wins with UFC. He then had a rudimentary 2016 year, dropping two of the three fights of the same year while he was moving from welterweight to lightweight. His two losses are at 170 pounds.
But Northcutt rebounded with his winning streak in three bouts, which consists of two unanimous decisions at 155 pounds and Ott's knockout, which was held at 170.
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