Sage Northcutt

‘Super’ Sage Northcutt rose to mainstream fame when he was signed to the UFC in 2015.  A multi-talented athlete, who won major titles in Kickboxing, Karate, MMA and physique competitions, all whilst in his teens. It’s fair to say this Texan has more than earned his ‘Super Sage’ alias.

Among the athletic achievements Sage Northcutt also studies Petroleum Engineering at a prestigious school.  This fighter, model and engineer has one of the greatest physiques in the UFC. And what’s more, a truly astonishing approach to training and life we could all learn a thing or two from.




Mixed Martial Arts

Date Opponent Result
July 9, 2016  Enrique Marín Win
January 30, 2016 Bryan Barberena Loss
December 10, 2015 Cody Pfister Win
October 3,2015 Francisco Trevino Win
August 28, 2015 Rocky Long Win
November 22, 2014 Gage Duhon Win
May 22, 2014 James Christopherson Win
April 25, 2014 Jacob Capelli Win
April 20, 2014 Tim Lashley Win


It’s reported that Sage Northcutt has won over 77 world championships in karate since he started training karate at age 4 years old.  He has also completed:

  • Tae Kwon Do – third degree black belt.
  • Kajukenbo – third degree black belt.
  • Jiu-Jitsu – purple belt.


His kickboxing record stands at 15 wins 0 losses.


Teen physique competitor.

  • 2013: NPC Europa Supershow (1st)
  • 2013: Texas State Championships (1st)
  • 2013: NPC Branch Warren Classic (1st)
  • 2013: Phil Heath Classic (1st)



When I stopped competing I was in the 12-14 year old divisions. By that time, I had won a total of 77 World Titles. I pride myself on traveling all around the world and competing in numerous federations to win and compete against the best.


77 World Championship Titles

Sage Northcutt began training martial arts at the age of 4 years old. The fighter claims to have had over 3000 competitive fights since then. Sage’s father, Mark Northcutt has been his lead coach and nutritionist since he began competing.  Sage started his career in martial arts after spending lots of time watching his sister and seeing the fun she was having.

By the time Sage was 5 years old, he had already started competing around the world. Travelling to various competitions in Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, Mexico and other places.

Being so active, Sage’s abs started appearing by as young as 5 years old. This was a by-product of his already intense training regimen, strict diet and regular competitions.

He gradually transitioned from karate to jiu-jitsu through 9 to 11 years of age. He was the youngest person to ever appear on the cover of Sports Karate Magazine, at the age of 9. He was later inducted to the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame for his martial arts achievements later in 2012.



A young Sage Northcutt, aged 7.

MMA Career

Sage began his amatuer MMA career with a loss. Following this though, he would go on to win 5 amateur fights and eventually get signed to the UFC.  

At the time of joining, Sage was the youngest fighter on the UFC roster. In his personal life, Sean has begun to move away from studying at college to focus on his mixed martial arts career.

His first UFC fight (against Bryan Barberena) is surrounded by controversy. Sage lost the fight via submission, however, he claimed the loss was due to strep throat. This didn’t go down well with his Barberena, who believes Northcutt was making excuses.



Physique Competitor

Sage has competed in two physique competitions in his teens. He won both Teen Phsyqiue at the NPC Europa show in Texas and also the Texas state championships. There is little chance that Sage Northcutt will compete as a bodybuilder in future however, as he is already having to balance his demanding college course and MMA training.



Now, my weight training is chest, shoulders and triceps on one day, then legs the next (super heavy squats). Then I skip a day. Then, back and biceps (for back I always do deadlifts unless it’s close to a fight). I really have always trained like a powerlifting but very fast sets. I’m usually out of the gym within an hour.


As well as the weight training, Sage also trains his martial arts. He hits the gym at 10am most days for boxing or jiu-jitsu, and then heads back later to focus on wrestling or weight training.

He started lifting weights at the age of 9, and has always believed in lifting heavy and training fast. His 5 rep max for squats is at 405lbs, with his deadlift at 450lbs for 5 reps.



“I know how hard I’ve trained since I was a little kid. I’ve been dieting for 15 years. I’ve been on strict diets the whole time and eating right and training hard the whole time. I’ve worked to be where I am right now. Since I was 4, I’ve been eating egg whites, fish, grilled chicken, rice, vegetables, super lean hamburger meat, foods like that, ever since I was just a little kid. I was drinking protein shakes back then.”


Sage’s diet consists of 5 meals per day. He generally has a couple of pounds of lean meat, with brown rice and vegetables. He tops this up with multi grain breads and fruit, added to meal replacement shakes. Sage has been on a healthy diet since he was 4 years old. He still uses the same shakes today.

In terms of his supplementation he has protein shakes, BCAA’s and glutamine.  Sage has also come under a lot of criticism in terms of supplementation, with many, including other MMA fighters accusing him of using performance enhancing drugs. These accusations however, have never amounted to anything. With Sage being the subject of a string of random drugs tests and none coming back positive, it’s safe to say that it’s all in the genetics (and tireless training) with Super Sage.


Idols and Influences

My faith in God had always been important to me. When I was about 11 or 12 years old, a minister friend of our family told me and my dad that I should use martial arts as a platform (that God was providing me with) to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others…whenever and wherever possible. Also, around the same time, I was at a Christian crusade and the minister who was preaching in front of the auditorium walked down the aisle and came up to me in the audience and told me that I would reach millions with the gospel.



What We Can Learn From Sage Northcutt

You’d be forgiven for calling Sage Northcutt a bit of a golden boy. He excels in anything he seems to put his mind to, but, what this really shows is that with hard work, dedication and perseverance you can achieve greatly. Sage started young, but, age is just a number. Put in the hours and you will get the results.

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