Northcutt, VanZant Both Suffer Defeats on Saturday NightPublished on December 18th, 2016 5:50 pm EST
At one time, Sage Northcutt and Paige VanZant were two of the UFC's hottest young prospects.
You could almost see the UFC counting their future money when it came to Northcutt and VanZant - both were extremely marketable and both seemed to be on their way to promising careers in the UFC.
That hype train came to a screeching halt on Saturday night, however, as both suffered losses.
Paige VanZant's defeat at the hands of Michelle Waterson was particularly one-sided, as she looked lost in the Octagon against the "Karate Hottie". Waterson imposed her will on VanZant, easily winning the striking exchanges against VanZant before taking her opponent to the ground and sinking in the rear-naked choke. It is clear that VanZant is very green and has a tremendous amount of work to do on her game - the thought of VanZant taking on somebody like Joanna Champion is almost laughable at this point.
Sage Northcutt, on the other hand, was slightly more competitive against Mickey Gall but still suffered a loss. After mounting a bit of offense during the second round, Northcutt was taken to the ground and submitted. Gall, never one to miss the opportunity for a call-out, asked for Dan Hardy after the fight.
As UFC President Dana White has said in the past, there are always new stars on the rise in the UFC.
While Sage Northcutt and Paige VanZant may have taken a big hit on Saturday night in front of a national audience, both Mickey Gall and Michelle Waterson seem like they have very bright futures in front of them.
Northcutt and VanZant, on the other hand, have seemingly huge holes in their games that will need to be taken care of if they hold any hope if ever having title aspirations.
The good news for both fighters, of course, is that they are both still very young and have plenty of time to work on their games.
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