The UFC on FOX 18 main card kicked off with a welterweight tilt between Sage Northcutt (7-1 MMA) and Bryan Barberena (11-3 MMA).
Round one begins and Northcutt opens up with a jab. Leg kick misses for Bryan. Northcutt with a big combo and then moves in for a takedown. Barberena stuffs the attempt. Northcutt with a good kick that lands and another. Big right hand from Sage drops Bryan. Northcutt rushes in but Barberena gets up and moves in for the clinch. Good takedown from Sage and he immediately gets on the back of Bryan. Barberena is defending well. Good knee from Northcutt against the fence. Nice left and then a right from Sage. Bryan shoots in for a takedown but Sage isn’t having it. Another big right lands flush for Sage. Bryan is bloodied up. Northcutt has him pressed-up against the cage. They break. Good jab from Sage and then a kick to the body. Northcutt with a takedown attempt but Barberena reverses and winds up on top. Sage gets back up. Good right hand by Bryan. Another good shot from Barberena. Round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and Sage lands a good inside leg kick. Bryan misses with a return shot. Cartwheel kick lands for Northcutt but Bryan uses the strike to gain top position. Good elbow by Barberena from top position. Good shots to the body from full guard by Bryan. Barberena passes and moves in to half guard on Sage. More good shots from the top by Bryan. Hard elbows. Sage is busted up. Barberena is relentless and begins to work on an arm-triangle. Sage taps out from the submission. It’s over.
Bryan Barberena submits Sage Northcutt (arm-triangle choke) at 3:06 in round two