Sage “Super Sage” Northcutt, 22, of Katy, Texas, United States might be the fourth mixed martial artist to move from the Ultimate Fighting Championship to ONE Championship in 2018. On November 5, 2018, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong took to Facebook to confirm that Northcutt will be one of the special guests at “ONE: Heart of the Lion” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018.
In a Facebook post, Chatri announced that the main event of “ONE: Heart of the Lion” has been cancelled. He ended the announcement with the confirmation of Northcutt’s attendance, “And for our fans, I am happy to announce that Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Sage Northcutt, and a few other superstars will be in attendance to witness ONE: Heart Of The Lion on November 9 in Singapore!”
Originally, Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 22, of Singapore was set to challenge reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of China in the main event of “ONE: Heart of the Lion.” However, the Singaporean challenger was deemed unfit to compete so Chatri made the decision to pull her off the card.
“ONE: Heart of the Lion” will be the first ONE Championship event to be attended by two former UFC champions who recently signed with ONE Championship, namely Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of Kirkland, Washington, United States and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 34, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Aside from the two, Daichi Abe, 26, of Tokyo, Japan also recently made his move from the UFC to ONE Championship.
On the 11th episode of “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” on ESPN, Northcutt confirmed that he is a free agent. He explained, “I’m not sure how it works, what my contract says or anything, but yes, I am a free agent right now.”
“I know that going to other leagues like Bellator or ONE FC or whatever it may be, that guys that are friends of mine, for instance, Rory MacDonald, or people that fought for the UFC like (Lyoto) Machida, they’re making double if not triple what they were making fighting for the UFC so we’re going to see what happens,” Nothcutt continued. “But I know that, for instance, they’re making more than a lot of the guys that are fighting for the title in the UFC make.”
Northcutt was studying petroleum engineering at Texas A&M. However, he had to put it on hold to give way to his full-time training with Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California, according to Forbes.
In Northcutt’s most recent bout, which was at “UFC Fight Night 133” on July 14, 2018, he knocked out Zak “The Barbarian” Ottow, 31, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. The victory improved the Katy native’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 2 losses.
Here is the post-fight octagon interview with Northcutt here: