On Thursday ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt will fight Cody Pfister at UFC FN 80. The bout will be the second under the UFC banner for the 19-year-old Northcutt.
Ahead of that bout, Lisa Foiles of UFC.com asked several fighters what advice they would give to their 19 year old selves.
Train. Train and focus. I feel like I’ve had a lot of life experience and I would never change that but I think if I would have focused on MMA a little bit more I think I could have been a world champion by now.
My advice… just be freer, be freer. You know, don’t hold back, jump on every opportunity. It’s kind of like advice for everybody else. Do you and I think the biggest… yeah, just be freer, you know? Don’t be afraid to take off, or put on that jokester hat you’re talking about and have a good time.
I don’t think Sage is my 19. You know when I was 19 things weren’t as clean cut, you know? (laughs) He’s way too clean cut. I mean, any advice I could give 19 Michael is keep doing what you’re doing. It’s gotten to this point, you know I haven’t changed anything in my life, I’m still the same guy, you know. I like to just do what I do, I don’t change anything so the things I did at 19 led me to where I am today so I’m not going to take anything back.
The advice I’d give to a 19-year-old is stay the course and remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.