In spite of his disastrous ONE Championship start, Sage Northcutt has moved on.
Northcutt joined the Asia-based promotion in 2019, riding the wave of a three-fight winning run and an impressive 11-2 record. Expectations for his promotional premiere at ONE: Enter the Dragon were obviously high. Unfortunately, as soon as the bell sounded, things quickly started to go south.
Cosmo Alexandre, Northcutt’s opponent, launched a powerful overhand right that connected clean 29 seconds into the fight, knocking the attractive star to the ground. Northcutt describes the heartbreaking defeat by knockout as nothing more than a poor day at work:
Everybody experiences ups and downs in life, regardless of whether they work a physical career or an office desk job. Everyone experiences ups and downs, so you just have to get through that whatever it may be. But as I mentioned earlier, that was my [first] battle at ONE Championship, despite the injury. I’m happy to be back and eager for this battle because it was a while ago.
The severe impact caused Sage Northcutt to sustain eight facial fractures, which required nine hours of surgery to fix. Of course, if you were to glance at Northcutt today, you would never guess that a powerful Brazilian striker once rearranged his perfect jawline.
It was a long road back to the circle for Sage Northcutt
The trip back to the circle for Sage Northcutt was particularly challenging. He had to recuperate from the wound he received from Cosmo Alexandre in his promotional debut, but he also had to deal with a particularly bad case of COVID-19 that kept delaying his return to the ring: “I’ve been working out. I’ve taken care of some private matters. Everybody is aware of how COVID-19 affected many people’s employment and other things, among other things. That was quite fascinating. However, I always practise throughout the entire year. Maintaining good health and simply exercising a lot.
Thankfully, Northcutt was able to completely recover, and now that he has been given the all-clear, “Super” will focus on achieving his first victory under the ONE Championship banner. Ahmed Mujtaba, also known as “Wolverine,” a Pakistani mixed martial arts champion, will be the obstacle preventing him from completing that job.
Sage Northcutt and Ahmed Mujtaba both have comparable backgrounds in combat sports. ‘Wolverine,’ who has an 11-2 record and four victories in the circle, is presently enjoying the momentum brought on by consecutive first-round finishes in his last two appearances.On May 5, during American primetime, Amazon Prime Video users in North America can watch ONE Fight Night 10 live and without charge.