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14 Feb 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – Sage Northcutt vs Thibault Gouti at UFC Fight Night 126

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 126? Monday 19th February, 2018 – 00:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 126? Frank Erwin Center (Austin, Texas)

What channel is UFC Fight Night 126 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 126? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 126? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The young prodigy Sage Northcutt is now getting the appropriate promotion which involves building him up gradually and not putting on pressure of becoming a superstar. The kid is unique and has talents that many fighters can only dream of. He is unbelievably athletic with explosive speed but has also developed dangerous striking and grappling ability. He has all the tools to be a champion but at only 21 years old, needs time to grow and mature.

An important stepping stone comes in the form Thibault Gouti who will be a very tricky assignment. Although he has lost three of his last four fights, the Frenchman has a lot of experience and possesses dangerous finishing ability of his own with four knockouts and six submissions out of his 12 wins.

THE PREDICTION

As you can see in the stats, they are both very well-rounded and evenly matched but Northcutt has the edge in speed and explosiveness which will only enable his blistering takedowns. So, we could easily see Northcutt assume control on the mat if he decides to take the fight down that route. He also looked sensational in his last fight against Michel Quinones where he extended his unbeaten record at lightweight which will give some much-needed confidence.

Winner: Northcutt via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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