Sage Northcutt Eager To Back Up The Hype In Long-Awaited Return At ONE Fight Night 10
“Super” Sage Northcutt has a point to prove when he returns to ONE Championship on Friday, May 5.
Expectations were high when the American striker joined the organization in 2019, but after a tough knockout loss in his debut, the 27-year-old wants to rebound with a spectacular showing at ONE Fight Night 10: Johnson vs. Moraes III on Prime Video.
Northcutt’s lightweight MMA matchup with Ahmed Mujtaba will come at 1stBank Center in Colorado – ONE’s historic debut on United States soil – and he’s eager to remind fans why he arrived in the promotion with so much hype.
The Texas native said:
“Right now, I’m super excited. It’s been quite a bit of time since I last fought. It’s coming up to four weeks or so now until I leave for the fight. I’m just super excited to get out there.
“I know my first fight with ONE Championship didn’t go as planned. So obviously I want to get back out there and perform great. I’d like to be able to get a finish, do an amazing job, and make ONE Championship proud of who they signed.”
Despite his four-year layoff, Northcutt expects to be in peak form when he goes toe-to-toe with Mujtaba in front of his compatriots.
The former karate sensation turned MMA star will bring all the usual athleticism and excitement that audiences have come to expect from him – but he’s also promising to display new skills developed during his time away.
“Super” Sage explained:
“I’m still young. I think I have a lot of potential to keep growing and keep learning. My style is very explosive. Kind of unorthodox. Very strong.
“I think there’s a lot of my style that I haven’t even shown yet. So that’s something that I’m really looking forward to showing in my fight, and my future fights, too.”
Northcutt Aims To Finish ‘Well-Rounded’ Mujtaba In Colorado
Sage Northcutt has a tough test ahead of him when he steps back into the Circle on May 5.
Pakistani finisher Ahmed Mujtaba will enter their contest following a pair of first-round victories – a highlight-reel knockout of Rahul Raju and a slick submission of BJJ black belt Abraao Amorim.
With that in mind, Northcutt knows that Mujtaba is a threat in every range, but he also feels ready to compete wherever their MMA matchup goes.
“Obviously, the guy he just fought was a black belt in jiu-jitsu. That was a unique submission. It’s something you don’t see much. In his fight before that, he had a knockout. So it looks like he’s pretty well-rounded.
“He’s got a lot of talent, and looking at his last two fights, he had two finishes. So it’s definitely something I’m keeping in mind. But I’m training hard, trying to make sure I’m prepared in every way possible. I’m making sure that I’m sharpening every aspect.”
The humble Team Alpha Male athlete isn’t the type to make brash proclamations about his upcoming fights, yet there’s a calm confidence that emanates from him.
So, while Northcutt isn’t going to offer up a round or method for his victory in Colorado, he plans to deliver a memorable moment in his long-awaited return to action.
“I don’t really ever make any kind of predictions. But I am obviously looking for a great performance out there. In all my fights, I’m looking to try to go out there and finish my opponent. That’s my style.
“I like being exciting and putting on a great show and a great fight for everybody. So that’s something that you can expect.”