ONE Championship’s latest marquee signing Sage Northcutt has expressed his interest in fighting in both kickboxing and muay-thai as well as MMA.
Northcutt’s extensive background in karate saw him earn 77 world-titles in his younger days but despite compiling a 6-2 record in the UFC whilst riding a three-fight win-streak, he was given the freedom to speak to rival promotions.
Shortly after, Chatri Sityodtong’s ONE Championship came a’knocking and all of a sudden, the Asian MMA show had yet another big name signing to add to their recent acquisitions.
Speaking to host Luke Thomas on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Sage expressed his excitement at the opportunity to compete in three different disciplines – given that ONE put on fights in muay-thai and kickboxing, along with MMA.
“What I think is cool is, they have, not only do they have MMA, but they also have Muay Thai and they have kickboxing. So, I want to be the champion in MMA, I want to be the champion in Muay Thai and kickboxing.
“I want to do it all. And I think that ONE Championship is going to be really cool because I believe that I’m going to display my different skills in each of those and I believe be the champ in each of those. I think it’s the perfect league.”
“It was super cool. There have been a lot of people who have said that actually haven’t seen their events, they were saying, ‘hey Sage, I don’t know if you want to go to ONE because, they may not as big as the UFC is’.
“But, over there at ONE Championship, they had over 35 million viewers watching the fights. It’s definitely huge and I thought it was really cool how, when you walked out they had fireworks shooting out through the arena and then when the people that had the title won the ONE championship or defended their title, they had gold confetti everywhere. It was really cool.”
At 22-years-old, Sage will bring more experience to the table that most give him credit for – in terms of both octagon time and prior striking credentials.
How well that will translate into results in his new home remains to be seen.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena