Sage Northcutt faces Cosmo Alexandre at ONE: Enter the Dragon
Sage Northcutt faces Cosmo Alexandre at ONE: Enter the Dragon | Pic: Supplied

Sage Northcutt faces Cosmo Alexandre in ONE Championship debut

Sage Northcutt (11-2) makes his ONE Championship debut on May 17 in Singapore at the event billed as “Enter the Dragon”. American mixed martial artist takes on Brazilian Muay Thai fighter and kickboxer Cosmo Alexandre. The pair squares off in the scheduled for thee rounds MMA bout at welterweight. The contest is featured on the card headlined by two title bouts and a highly anticipated launch of featherweight kickboxing Grand Prix.

Northcutt won six out of eight bouts in the UFC, including three previous outings. Yet, the fighter and the promotion parted their ways. Nevertheless “Super Sage” found his new home in “ONE Championship”, alongside former UFC champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson.

At the press conference held on Wednesday Northcutt shared his thoughts about the Asian organization and his next opponent, saying “ONE Championship is amazing and everyone is amazing in Asia.”

“ONE Championship is about respect and honor and the true martial arts. That’s how I grew up. I was raised in these values.”

Cosmo Alexandre won numerous world titles in Muay Thai and kickboxing. He also holds 7-1 record in MMA with the only defeat suffered in his mixed martial arts debut in 2011.

“To be honest, I don’t see a lot of weakness in [Cosmo Alexandre],” said Northcutt. “He’s a veteran, a tremendous striker, and very dangerous. I have a lot of respect for him.”

“I’ve trained very hard for this fight, and I’m going to train very hard for every single fight.”

ONE: Enter the Dragon fight card

In the main event of “ONE: Enter the Dragon” Shinya Aoki defends his ONE Lightweight title against Christian Lee. In the co-main event Nieky Holzken and Regian Eersel battle it out for the inaugural ONE Lightweight kickboxing belt.

Among quarter-finals of ONE Featherweight Kickboxing Grand Prix Yodsanklai Fairtex faces Samy Sana, Giorgio Petrosyan takes on Petchmorakot Petchyidnee Academy, and Dzhabar Askerov goes up against Enriko Kehl. Sasha Moisa replaces previously announced Andy Souwer in the contest against Jo Nattawut. In addition, Daniel Dawson and Brown Pinas meet in the alternate bout.

The current 16-fight card for “ONE: Enter the Dragon” can be found below (via Twttier).

Lightweight Shinya Aoki vs. Christian Lee (MMA)
Lightweight Nieky Holzken vs. Regian Eersel (Kickboxing)
Featherweight Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy vs. Giorgio Petrosyan (Kickboxing)
Featherweight Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Samy Sana (Kickboxing)
Welterweight Sage Northcutt vs. Cosmo Alexandre (MMA)
Lightweight Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs. Amir Khan (MMA)
Flyweight Kim Kyu Sung vs. Geje Eustaquiao (MMA)
Strawweight Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Miao Li Tao (MMA)
Featherweight Jo Nattawut vs. Sasha Moisa (Kickboxing)
Strawweight Alex Silva vs. Yoshitaka Naito (MMA)
Featherweight Garry Tonon vs. Yoshiki Nakahara (MMA)
Featherweight Dzhabar Askerov vs. Enriko Kehl (Kickboxing)
Atomweight Mel Yamaguchi vs. Laura Balin (MMA)
Lightweight Shannon Wiratchai vs. Iurie Lapicus (MMA)
Featherweight Daniel Dawson vs. Brown Pinas (Kickboxing)
Lightweight Rahul Raju vs. Richard Corminal (MMA)