Like skilled wrestling earlier than it, combined martial arts is seeing an rising variety of athletes crossing over into the leisure world. This does not all the time work out as a result of not all fighters show to be nice, and even competent actors. Nevertheless, when the function you might be casting is that of a fighter, getting the actual factor can lend a way of credibility to the proceedings. With Creed 2 and the return of Rocky IV‘s Ivan Drago forthcoming, UFC fighter Sage Northcutt is throwing his gloves into the ring and hoping to play the son of the Siberian Categorical. Sage Northcutt spoke concerning the potential function and his proactive strategy to getting the half saying:
You recognize what, really, the brand new Creed 2 film is popping out so I really was going to audition for that. Received a bit of audition tape so hopefully that goes via. That may be fairly neat. Being Ivan Drago’s son within the film? That may be fairly enjoyable. I had the hair a bit of bit totally different, yeah, for the audition… I believe me and Mr Dolph Lundgren look kind-of alike.
Sage Northcutt actually has the spiky blonde coiffure down, though he’s a a lot smaller man than Dolph Lundgren. I’d like to see the audition tape he despatched in. It was probably one thing new for Creed 2‘s casting director. Sage Northcutt is thought for his flashy type, post-fight celebration flips and a hyper optimistic and well mannered character. He must tone down the positivity and fixed smiling if he needs to be the son of the stoic, Ivan “I need to break you” Drago. Sage Northcutt additionally spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, in his regular aww shucks trend, about how the concept got here collectively, saying:
I had some pals of mine and so they have been speaking about it with me and I simply bought linked up with it. A number of individuals, Mr. [Urijah] Faber talked about it too, so it was actually cool the way it’s all coming collectively.
Understanding the best individuals typically helps. Urijah Faber is the proprietor of the Workforce Alpha Male health club the place Northcutt trains. He is additionally a legend within the sport. Sage Northcutt comes from a karate background and whereas he isn’t a boxer, his type is striking-oriented, so his punches onscreen will surely look legit if he does tackle the function of the youthful Drago. Creed 2 doesn’t but have a launch date, however we do know that Sylvester Stallone, who obtained crucial acclaim and awards consideration for his work in entrance of the digital camera in Creed, can be stepping behind it to direct the sequel. We additionally know that Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago can be returning and he’s already in training.
For many who need to see Sage Northcutt in an actual struggle, you will not have to attend lengthy. Sage Northcutt subsequent fights this Saturday, November 11th at UFC Combat Evening from Norfolk, Virginia on Fox Sports activities 1. He faces Michel Quinones within the light-weight (155lbs.) bout.