Round one begins and Gouti starts off quickly. Sage catches him with a nice jab. Gouti with a nice left but Sage immediately shoots in and scores a big double leg takedown. Northcutt immediately moves to side control and begins working some short right hands. Gouti is doing a good job of defending here. Northcutt postures up and lands an elbow. Gouti attempts to scramble but Northcutt catches him with a big right hand. More shots from Sage. Gouti scrambles and gets back up to his feet. The fighters exchange low kicks. Sage with a nice kick to the body. Gouti lands a hard right hand over the top that rocks Northcutt. Sage dives in for a takedown but Thibault locks up a guillotine choke. It is in deep. Somehow Northcutt survives and then circles off the fence. He lands a front kick to the body of Gouti. Sage with a jab followed by an elbow. He seems to be recovered from that heavy right hand that he ate earlier. Gouti presses forward but misses with an attempted body kick. He shoots in for a takedown but Sage denies the shot. Northcutt paws with his jab. He shoots in for single leg but it is not there. Gouti with a spinning back fist that misses. Round one comes to an end.