Sage Northcutt

One of the UFC’s most divisive personalities, Sage Northcutt, will now face the toughest test of his career to date at UFC 214 when he takes on UFC veteran John Makdessi in the lightweight division after original opponent Claude Puelles was forced to withdraw with an injury.

UFC 214 is set to take place on Saturday, July 29 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and will feature the highly anticipated rematch between Light-Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and his arch-rival Jon Jones in the event’s headline bout.

Northcutt looks to bounce back from two losses in his last three fights, with the latest coming by submission to fellow hyped youngster Mickey Gall in December. The 21-year-old went unbeaten in a short spell under the Legacy FC banner as a teenager before being spotted on the first episode of the UFC’s popular YouTube show “Dana White’s Looking for a Fight”.

After a promising start to his UFC career with wins over Francisco Trevino and Cody Pfister, the Texan hit a downslope in form. Since his first loss, Northcutt has had spells training at ATT Evolution and Tristar but has now joined up with California’s Team Alpha Male for his current training camp.

The far more experienced Makdessi, who made his UFC debut in 2010, has been campaigning for fights against seemingly everybody since losing three of his last four fights. Although stepping in at short notice and despite recent form, the Canadian will surely be a favourite for the win over the developing Northcutt.