Cody Pfister recently spoke to Bloody Elbow with claims that Sage Northcutt might be using performance enhancing drugs, and the 19-year-old prospect has since responded.
Northcutt confirms that he's been drug tested four times over recent weeks, as Pfister had alleged. "I have been tested three times by USADA, and one time by the Texas Boxing Commission," Northcutt told Bloody Elbow via email. "The latest one by USADA was at 6am in the morning [of December 7th] with a surprise home visit for blood and urine."
However, regarding Pfister's accusation over banned substances, Northcutt's response is emphatic.
"I would never use any banned substances," he said. "Aside from my recent testing for the UFC, I was tested numerous times throughout my entire high school competition career as well. All of my accomplishments have been achieved through hard work and dedication. Anyone that has known me my entire life and has seen me compete since the age of four will tell you the same thing. I train as hard, or harder, than anyone, I am an extremely disciplined athlete, and I have literally been in the best shape that I can possibly be from the first time I started competing. I've been dieting on the exact same diet since I was five or six years old. Everybody that knows me knows that's true, and that I've been training three to four hours a day my entire life.
"I realize no one knows me in the MMA world, but all those that know me from sport karate can tell you about my work ethic. And, if I look good enough to look like I'm cheating, I'll take it as a compliment. Maybe all of those people who assume I'm on something should try the same regiment of strict dieting for fifteen years and working out for three to four hours a day, six to seven days a week, and of course having good genetics plays a big part also."
In addition, Northcutt cites his faith as a major contributing factor to his success. "My faith is the most important aspect of my life. I have seventy-seven world titles in martial arts. Throughout my entire career, I've tried to be a leader and a role model, and be a person of character and integrity. That comes from my relationship with Jesus Christ. I intend on spreading that Gospel around the world."
Regarding his upcoming fight, Northcutt is confident of securing an impressive victory. "I really haven't thought much about [Cody Pfister]. People have told me he was a wrestler, but like I've told others, I've been a wrestler my whole life. I go into every fight with the same game plan: to finish my opponent as quick as possible."
Northcutt fights Pfister at UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant on December 10th.