UPDATE: We spoke with Northcutt shortly after this report surfaced and "Super" informed MMAmania.com that he would return to Tristar after UFC Fight Night 80 ... and much more. Read the full interview here.
That was fast.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight phenom Sage Northcutt, who went to the famed TriStar Gym back in October, will no longer be using the Montreal facility to prepare for his upcoming fight against Cody Pfister, which takes place at the UFC Fight Night 80 event on UFC Fight Pass on Dec. 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That's because his father was concerned about the training regimen implemented by Firas Zahabi and Co., who saw great potential in the "Super" up-and-comer, but also expected some resistance from the elder Northcutt, who's been calling the shots since day one.
Jeremy Botter from Bleacher Report explains:
During a recent trip to the famed Tristar Gym in Montreal, Northcutt began tiring after a few days. He has cardio for days—he can run a sub-five-minute mile, and his father says he can fight five five-minute rounds without breaking a sweat—but the pace of Tristar’s training was more than he was used to handling.
That difference in training style is why Northcutt won’t be utilizing Tristar to prepare for his December 10 fight against Cody Pfister. His father is worried about allowing Sage to go to Canada without being there to monitor him. He’s afraid Sage would return from training without his usual levels of energy, and that could affect him greatly in the fight.
Father knows best.
Northcutt is a perfect 6-0 in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career and all six wins have come by way of knockout or submission. In addition, the bane of frying pans worldwide has already made some noise inside the Octagon, smoking Francisco Trevino last October in Houston, Texas.
As far as the way he trains? Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
MMA Hour: Sage Northcutt