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Sage Northcutt joins ONE Championship after UFC contract non-renewal

Mark Northcutt, Sage Northcutt (© Alvin Berto)

Mark Northcutt, Sage Northcutt (© Alvin Berto)

Sage “Super Sage” Northcutt, 22, of Katy, Texas, United States is the most recent former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter to join ONE Championship. He will make his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Call to Greatness” in Singapore on February 22, 2019.

On November 30, 2018, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong took to Facebook to make the announcement. Several ONE Championship athletes welcomed Northcutt including ONE Middleweight and Lightweight World Champion “Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 34, of Myanmar and ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines.

On November 9, 2018, Northcutt and his shuri-ryū karate black belt father Mark Northcutt were among Chatri’s special guests at “ONE: Heart of the Lion” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Newly signed ONE Championship athletes Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of Kirkland, Washington and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 34, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and newly appointed ONE Championship vice president Miesha “Cupcake” Tate, 32, of Las Vegas, Nevada also attended the event.

One day before confirming Sage’s contract with ONE Championship, Chatri announced that Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama, 43, of Japan had joined the ONE Championship roster. The Korean-Japanese MMA veteran will compete in the welterweight division.

Sage was a free agent for a few months. In a recent UFC Unfiltered podcast episode, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Sage’s contract with the American MMA promotion was not renewed. 

“We let Sage go,” White revealed. “Sage is young and Sage needs some work. Let him get some work in some other organizations and we will see where this kid ends up in a couple of years.”

From 2015 to 2018, Sage won six out of his eight UFC bouts. In his promotional debut on October 3, 2015 at “UFC 192,” he knocked out Francisco “Sitkayan” Trevino, 36, of Edinburg, Texas via elbows and punches.

On December 10, 2015, Northcutt submitted Cody “The Pfist” Pfister, 28, of Amarillo, Texas via guillotine choke at “UFC Fight Night 80.” On January 30, 2016, Bryan “Bam Bam” Barberena, 29, of Minneapolis, Minnesota became the first UFC fighter to defeat Sage as the former submitted the latter via arm-triangle choke at “UFC on Fox 18.”

On July 9, 2016, Sage bounced back with a unanimous decision victory over Enrique “Wasabi” Martin, 32, of Seville, Andalusia, Spain at “UFC 200.” Sage’s most recent loss was at “UFC on Fox 22” on December 17, 2016 when he was submitted by Mickey Gall, 26, of Green Brook, New Jersey via rear-naked choke.

Currently, Sage holds a professional MMA record of 11 wins and 2 losses. Both via unanimous decision, he lost to Michel “El Capo” Quinones, 33, of Coral Springs, Florida, United States and Thibault “GT” Gouti, 31, of Toulousse, Haute-Gauronne, France at “UFC Fight Night 120” on November 11, 2017 and at “UFC Fight Night 126” on February 18, 2018, respectively.

In Sage’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 via punches. Here is Sage’s last post-fight octagon interview in the UFC:

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