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Demetrious Johnson Talks Sage Northcutt’s Brutal ONE Debut

Demetrious Johnson gave his take on the disastrous debut of his fellow ONE Championship fighter ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt in a recent interview.

And ‘disastrous’ is a word that barely does the fight justice.

Brought in by the Chatri Sityodtong-run promotion in the hopes of continuing their ascent into the U.S mainstream, Northcutt was sparked by his opponent Cosmo Alexandre in 29 seconds.

Upon being asked by BJPenn if he had seen the shocking debut of the former UFC star as it happened, Johnson gave his take on the fight and the unpredictable nature of the sport itself.

“I did.  It’s tough. It’s mixed martial arts. Anything can happen. Cosmo Alexandre, he’s a tough dude, great kickboxer, obviously has a lot of power in his hands.

“Any fighter on any day can lose. You can ask any fighter, that’s just the reality of fighting.”

Fans of mixed martial arts have always held the idea, to a certain extent at least, that the world’s premier organisation, the UFC, are the créme de la créme of all things fighting.

And while this is true in some ways, the emergence of major rivals to Dana and co. such as ONE Championship and Bellator has challenged this theory in recent years.

A quick look at Johnson’s own ONE Championship debut at 135lbs against Yuya Wakamatsu will provide truth to this fact alongside the less successful promotional maiden voyages by the aforementioned Northcutt and the former UFC lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez.

“I’ve always thought any promotion in the world is legit. It’s just casual fans who think just because you fight in North America you’re the best athlete in the world, and that’s not the case whatsoever. I mean you’ve got guys like Kyoji Horiguchi, who’s cleaning house. He’s about to fight for a world title in Bellator.”

“If ONE Championship athletes were to go to North America to compete, I’m sure they’d do well. Look at guys like Gegard Mousasi. The majority of his career was in Japan. I think it doesn’t matter what organization you fight under. Any athlete can lose on on any given day.”

It’s hard to know what the future holds for Sage following this major setback and the very serious damage he sustained at the hands of Alexandre.

At 23, time is most certainly on his side, but from what we’ve seen so far, many people have voiced their doubts about the sky-high expectations that were once held for Super Sage during his early run in front of the bright lights.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

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