Sage Northcutt signs with ONE Championship

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Northcutt is the latest fighter to depart the UFC for ONE Championship.

Sage Northcutt is officially a ONE Championship fighter.

The former UFC lightweight is the latest in a string of signing by ONE that includes former UFC champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson and Yoshihiro Akiyama earlier this week.

The promotion’s CEO Chatri Sityodtong confirmed the signing via social media, saying both parties agreed to a contract a couple of weeks ago. Sityodtong hinted we might see Northcutt inside the ONE Championship cage in early 2019.

“He specifically asked to make his debut in ONE: Call to Greatness in Singapore on February 22,” Sityodtong said.

“I have to say that he and his father are two of the most humble, and kind people I have met. With his beautiful technical skills, explosive power, and incredible athleticism, Sage is undoubtedly one of the most talented martial artists on the planet today.”

The 22-year-old from Katy, Texas, is a black belt in taekwondo and Shuri-ryū karate, and experienced success in tournaments as a youth. According to ONE, he has some 77 wins under the world youth championships in karate and a 15-0 record in kickboxing.

Northcutt started his UFC run with back-to-back wins but then dropped two of three fights as he shifted between welterweight and lightweight divisions. He’s decision to move to ONE comes with three strong victories over Michel Quiñones, Thibault Gouti and more recently Zak Ottow at UFC Boise in July. Northcutt leaves the UFC with a 6-2 record.

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