Former UFC star Sage Northcutt is set to mark his return after a four-year hiatus.
Once-hyped mixed martial arts prospect Northcutt started his professional career in Nov. 2014 after racking up five quick wins as an amateur. He got off to a successful start and made a name for himself competing in the regional circuit under Legacy Fighting Championship.
UFC president Dana White took notice of Northcutt’s talents during the inaugural episode of Dana White’s Looking For A Fight. Northcutt impressed the head honcho by dispatching Rocky Long with a second-round submission in Aug. 2015, after which he got signed to the UFC.
Ex-UFC star Sage Northcutt will make his comeback in ONE Championship
Sage Northcutt is scheduled to take on Ahmed Mujtaba in a welterweight bout for ONE Championship Fight Night 10 on May 5 at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The event will stream on Amazon Prime Video as part of their partnership with the Asian-based promotion.
Inaugural and former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, widely regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, will headline the card against Adriano Moraes for the ONE Championship flyweight title in a rubber match.
Northcutt stepped away after suffering a brutal KO loss four years ago
In Oct. 2015, the future looked bright for ‘Super’ Sage as he got off to a solid start under the UFC banner. He scored an early finish of Francisco Trevino in under a minute in his debut and continued his winning run in his second appearance.
Grizzled veteran Bryan Barberena handed Northcutt the first loss of his professional career in Jan. 2016 when he locked in an arm-triangle choke. Northcutt pulled a win back in his next bout but dropped another submission loss to Mickey Gall in Dec. 2016. Following the defeat, Northcutt racked up a three-fight win streak before being let go by the promotion. He departed the UFC with a record of 6-2.
Sage Northcutt was last seen inside the octagon against renowned kickboxer Cosmo Alexandre in May 2019. Alexandre landed a vicious right hook to dispatch Northcutt in under 30 seconds. While many were convinced Northcutt’s days of competition were behind him, he will return after about four years away from the sport.