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UFC 200 Fight Preview: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin

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Sage Northcutt was the UFC’s newest golden toy, until he showed he was only human and dropped a fight to Bryan Barberena. Fans quickly turned on the youngster, and he was tossed aside by many. Fact is, Sage is a young man, and a very talented fighter. He is by all accounts a respectful, good hearted young man, and his upside is tremendous. Sage is an exciting fighter, never having gone the distance in his 8 career fights. He has good standup, and decent submissions, though his wrestling looked as if he could improve there. He’s a talented fighter, and he will be back.

Enrique Marin is more of an unknown, having only fought once in the UFC, dropping his debut to Eric Montano by Split Decision. That fight was for the The Ultimate Fighter Latin America crown and it was closely contested battle between the two friends and teammates. I watched Marin fight against a gentlemen named Marty Loic to some homework for this, and Marin was dropped by a right hand and controlled on the ground for the better part of a round. Marin did however utilize an amazing transition into a choke, and finished his opponent in the first round. That might be his best chance against Northcutt, his submission game.

Sage is among the biggest betting favorites on the card, and rightfully so. He brings more to the table, and if he’s able to avoid being caught in an odd submission in a scramble, he’ll do just fine. I expect that Sage will hurt Marin standing and either finish him via ground and pound, or submit the stunned Marin on the ground. I’m going to stick with the heavy favorite here, and go with Sage Northcutt, inside the first seven minutes.

Dan has been writing about the sport of MMA for the last 15+ years. During this time, he's met amazing fighters, and awesome friends sitting cage-side covering MMA. The memories and relationships are payment for his passion. Dan got his start as a featured writer for Sherdog.com and now serves as owner and co-host with Evan Shoman and Dion Harrison of The Crimson Canvas Podcast, on the Fight Booth Podcast network. Dan is also a part time contributor to FightBooth.com with pro wrestling, and MMA articles. He thanks Dave Reno for the opportunity and for years of friendship and support.

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