ONE: Enter the Dragon
ONE Championship returns to Singapore on May 17 with the event billed as “Enter the Dragon”. Top of the bill features newly crowned lightweight champion Shinya Aoki in defense of his title against Christian Lee. In addition, former UFC fighter Sage Northcutt makes his promotional debut taking on prominent Muay Thai competitor Cosmo Alexandre.
Japanese “Tobikan Judan” Aoki regained ONE Lightweight title at the recent event held in Tokyo, where he submitted, now former champion, Eduard Folayang in the first round. He is dubbed as “the most successful submission specialist in Asian martial arts” (via the announcement sent out by the promotion), who held WAMMA, DREAM, and Shooto titles. The resume of Aoki includes victories against Tatsuya Kawajiri, Caol Uno, Eddie Alvarez, among others.
The representative of the country-host, “The Warrior” Lee is five-time Pankration champion, who “was voted Most Outstanding Athlete at the 2013 FILA World Championship after winning five world titles across the disciplines of BJJ, pankration, mixed martial arts, and submission grappling”. He is coming of the first-round TKO win against Edward Kelly.
The Shinya Aoki vs. Christian Lee championship bout is scheduled for five rounds.
American Sage Northcutt is former UFC fighter who competed in the lightweight and welterweight classes. Over the course of his career he also earned numerous titles in Karate and was inducted into the prestigious Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame, class of 2012. In his previous bout “Super” Northcutt stopped Zak Ottow with punches. Before that he defeated Thibault Gouti and Michel Quinones by a unanimous decision.
Brazilian Cosmo Alexandre is well-known in Muay Thai and kickboxing circuits. He held Lion Fight and It’s Showtime titles, as well as defeated the likes of John Wayne Parr and Dzhabar Askerov, just to name a couple. Cosmo made his ONE Championship debut last April scoring the second-round KO of Elliot Compton. Facing off a newcomer Northcutt at the upcoming show, he looks to step back on the winning path after the second-round knockout defeat he suffered in his previous bout last November against Niekey Holzken.
Other bouts for ONE: Enter the Dragon are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Shinya Aoki vs. Christian Lee
Sage Northcutt vs. Cosmo Alexandre