At the upcoming ONE 165 event, which will take place on Sunday, Sage Northcutt will be facing Shinya Aoki, and he will have a familiar face in his corner.
Urijah Faber, a former mixed martial arts fighter who is now a coach, will make another appearance in the city that is considered to be the birthplace of martial arts. He will serve as a second to Sage known as “Super” at Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
This was confirmed by Northcutt in an interview that was posted on the YouTube channel of The MMA Superfan:
To put it another way, my father, Mark Northcutt, is one of my coaches. Together with me, he is going to take a flight. In addition to that, I have Urijah Faber and my coach Fabio Prado, which means that I have a fantastic squad at my disposal for the fight.
In the early days of mixed martial arts (MMA), Faber is a well-liked character in the community of combat sports. He is considered to be one of the pioneers who brought the lighter weight classes to the forefront of the sport.
As of 2019, “The California Kid” has put up his gloves and moved his focus to teaching the next generation at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, which Northcutt claims to be his home.
At the tenth edition of ONE Fight Night, which took place in 2017, Northcutt, an American fan favorite, submitted Ahmed Mujtaba in a swift and devastating manner. This was a clear demonstration of Faber’s influence on Northcutt.
As a result of Faber’s instruction, Northcutt shown a significant improvement in his grappling skills, improvements that might be useful when competing against a submission expert such as Shinya Aoki.
Shinya Aoki fight will be a make-or-break moment for Sage Northcutt’s career
The triumphant comeback of ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt at ONE Fight Night 10 was undeniably a moving moment; however, the real test is about to begin.
Due to tragic injuries and illnesses, the American star was unable to participate in a considerable portion of his promising career.
Northcutt, who is only 27 years old, is still a talented individual, and the sky is the limit for him. However, in order for him to be regarded a genuine contender in the weight class of 170 pounds, he must first defeat Shinya Aoki, who was the former champion of the division.
On Sunday, January 28, ONE 165: Superlek vs. Takeru will be broadcast live on watch.onefc.com as part of a global pay-per-view subscription service.