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MMA Squared: How I learned to stop hating, and love Sage Northcutt

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Sage Northcutt’s departure from the UFC is a fascinating development, more complex than the “past their prime” trope. On a personal level it completes a cycle in which I’ve come around from hater to... fan?

Welcome to MMA Squared! Hello, my name is Chris and I used to be a Sage Northcutt hater. The Backstreet Boys look, the karate, the flip...

When he lost his first fight I drew this:

original title: He’s got ‘It,’ but does he have what it takes?

After a post-fight online bashing, the kid maintained a positive attitude and kept fighting.

Headlining a card vs Mickey Gall the first interesting development happened: we saw a genuine emotion: anger. Glimpsing an non-choreographed moment makes a life-sized Ken doll relatable.

...and he kept fighting.

Learning about seasoning with Tyron Woodley was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I couldn’t hate on this kid. Ned Flanders + Backstreet Boys + Spy Kids is an acquired taste, but I’ve been won over.

Good luck at ONE, Sage. I hope you land on your feet.

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