Ray Borg: ‘Weirdo’ Sage Northcutt has just fought ‘little chumps’

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Sage Northcutt has received praise from mixed martial arts fans, media members and other fighters since making his UFC debut last October after he was scouted by Dana White during the taping of the new reality show, Lookin' For a Fight. He has already built up his name to the point that he will be featured on the main card of an upcoming FOX event later this month in only his third Octagon appearance and, even at 19-years of age, is widely considered a future lightweight contender. One person who isn't praising Northcutt quite yet is UFC flyweight contender Ray Borg. "I believe he's got talent, but sooner than later he's going to run into someone who's a fighter, not just an athlete like himself," Borg told MMAjr.co. "Although I'm only 22-years old, I've been through a lot of things in life so I've become very good at reading people and reading situations, that type of stuff. It's pretty easy to see and read that Northcutt is an athlete. Although it's good to be athletic in the UFC, it's good to have that type of athleticism, but sooner or later it's going to come down to what this sport is, which is fighting, and when he gets in there with someone who wants to fight and actually try to drown in him deep waters, I don't believe Northcutt has a good mind for that type of stuff. He seems like someone who was handed everything his whole life, easy road to success type thing, spoon fed, everything handed on a silver platter. "With things like that, you don't know how to overcome adversity, you don't know how to overcome struggles and obstacles. As soon as someone's in there and they're not just trying to look cool and sh-t like that, they're fighting to feed their family, once he gets into somewhere like that, I think he's going to be pretty quickly mentally broken," he said. "I'm not a big fan of him, he's a weirdo, he's a goober, but I guess it's working for him, he's making more than all of us." Borg, who fights out of Fit NHB in Albuquerque, NM, made his debut just under two years ago at the age of 20. He understands a comparison between himself and Northcutt because they both started training and competing younger than most MMA fighters but believes a difference between them is the competition they've faced in their Octagon tenure. "I made my debut young but I made my debut against someone tough as hell and lost a close split decision, and from there on I've had a couple tough fights, couple tough opponents," he said. "I'm not over here getting paid 80 thousand dollars, 40 and 40, to beat little chumps. No disrespect to the guys he's fought, but the guys he's fought are not high caliber at all. To put him on a pedestal with the pay rate that he's at is just kind of sh-t." Even with only two Octagon appearances, many fans are already convinced that Northcutt is a future superstar. Borg is thinking otherwise, however, because he doesn't see Northcutt defeating high level competition, which is something he'll have to do to be a star. With that being said, Borg acknowledges the fact that's it's still very early in Northcutt's career and only time will tell. "It's kind of hard to say, whether or not he's good for the sport," he said. "He hasn't made huge waves. Yeah, he has a huge fan base now but it's kind of hard to see why he has a fan base. Obviously, he looks like a f-cking GQ model, but other than that, when he talks on the mic I almost feel bad for the kid, because he's at such a loss for words. "He hasn't done anything to show he's good for the sport," he continued. "For example, McGregor winning, although I'm a Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes fan, McGregor winning is f-cking excellent for the sport. As much as people don't like him and people hate it that he's doing this, this and this, he's excellent for this sport. Sage, I'm not so sure because I think [the same thing that happened to Paige VanZant will] happen to him. They put Paige VanZant on this pedestal because she's a pretty girl and she brings attention, but as soon as they throw her in with [high level competiton], she even said herself, she doesn't have the skill and I think that's the same thing that'll happen to Northcutt. If you're winning fights, there's only one way to go: up, you gotta keep moving up. I believe the more he keeps climbing, they're going to keep feeding him guys and then he's going to keep climbing, and as he climbs to someone tough as hell, and I think his next opponent is pretty tough, then we'll see what he's made of. As soon as we say what he's made of, then we can start saying whether or not he's good for the sport."

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