UFC Boise: Sage Northcutt Reportedly Returns Against Zak Ottow

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After Sage Northcutt earned his second consecutive win in February, he will reportedly step into the Octagon again in July to take on Zak Ottow at UFC Boise.

FanSided’s Mike Heck first reported the first UFC Boise bout in development.

After a few hiccups from the UFC’s golden boy, Sage Northcutt has a chance to make it three-in-a-row when he fights a tough out in Zak Ottow. Ottow recently put a sour end to Mike Pyle’s career, and will look to halt Super Sage’s momentum in Idaho.

Sage Northcutt seems to be getting it together. After two entertaining wins to start his UFC career, the 22-year-old has gone 3-2, winning in his last two appearances. His last bout was not easy though, as Thibault Gouti gave Northcutt plenty of issues on the feet, rocking the Texas native several times. Fortunately for Northcutt, Gouti never pursued a finish and instead worked for takedowns that weren’t there. Northcutt left his home state the winner of a close decision that night. Northcutt has bounced around from camp to camp early in his career, but seems to have found a home with Urijah Faber and Team Alpha Male.

Zak Ottow finished fights left and right before entering the UFC, with 12 of his 13 victories ending before the final bell. His Octagon career was quite the opposite. Ottow went to three straight split decisions to start his run, and never truly showcased the finishing prowess that got him to the biggest stage. After Chinese stud Li Jingliang finished him, Ottow was a much different fighter in his next bout against the aging Mike Pyle. The Wisconsin native did not stop once the fight began, pressuring Pyle relentlessly until his opponent dropped in the first round. If Ottow fights in a similar fashion against Northcutt, it could be two in a row for him.

UFC Boise takes place July 14 at CenturyBank Arena in Idaho. No other bouts are linked to the card as of yet.