After an absence of four years, Sage Northcutt made his long-awaited comeback to the ring at the tenth installment of the ONE Fight Night series.In his comeback, ‘Super’ Sage was faced with a lot of questions that needed to be answered. Following his victory via submission over Ahmed Mujtaba in front of a sold-out crowd at the 1stBank Centre in Broomfield, Colorado, he was able to address a number of questions for the audience.Nobody knew what this new version of Northcutt would look like after he had surgery, went through the recuperation process, and fought COVID-19 for such a long period of time because it kept him away from competition. When he stepped inside the circle, it was clear to see that his development as a well-rounded martial artist had been progressing.
The last time we saw Northcutt, his grappling appeared to be one of the areas of his game that needed improvement the most. This time around, he was able to maintain his composure and secure a heel hook from the bottom position in the opening round of the fight.
Sage Northcutt reflected on his time away from competition, what he had especially been training on, and how he put it into practise against Ahmed Mujtaba on his return to ONE Championship in the post-event interview that followed the event. “I’ve been working on grappling a little bit but being offensive as well,” Northcutt said. “I’ve been working on grappling a little bit but being offensive as well.” I came to the conclusion that I do not want to focus on just one facet of the sport but rather on becoming a well-rounded athlete. Therefore, when I was down there, I was seeking for a conclusion. That was the general frame of mind I went into the fight with, which was that I wanted to kill out my opponent in any manner possible. When he stood up, I saw an opportunity, so I grabbed it right away.Fans located in North America have the opportunity to review Northcutt’s performance against Mujtaba as well as the entirety of the ONE Fight Night 10 card by utilising the free replay that is available on Prime Video.