American mixed martial artist and Karate world champion Sage Northcutt made his highly anticipated ONE Championship debut last night (May 17) in Singapore. Yet, it was only a short appearance, courtesy of Brazilian Muay Thai and kickboxing star Cosmo Alexandre, who scored a one punch knockout win.
The Northcutt vs. Alexandre MMA bout was scheduled for three rounds. The pair of welterweights was featured on the card billed as “Enter the Dragon”, which included two title bouts, launch of featherweight kickboxing World Grand Prix, and more.
Northcutt entered the ring with a bit more experience in mixed martial arts, which also includes the 6-2 run in the UFC. Cosmo, who used Rocky movie theme as his walkout song, has predominantly competed in Muay Thai and kickboxing. Although, he brought to the table seven wins out of eight MMA bouts.
Northcutt knew he was facing a “tremendous striker“. The latter has delivered.
The lights went off in 29 seconds of the first round when Alexandre landed a devastating overhand right sending his opponent face down to the canvas, declaring a one punch knockout.
Ultimately, Cosmo Alexandre updated his record in mixed martial arts up to 8-1. Sage Northcutt dropped to 11-3.
Nevertheless, the 23-year-old American fighter has enough time in his career to rebound and again step on the winning path. The Brazilian star certainly gets higher in the ranks.
In the main event Christian Lee scored the second-round knockout win against Shinya Aoki and became a new ONE Lightweight champion. In the co-main event Regian Eersel earned a unanimous decision against Nieky Holzken and took the inaugural ONE Lightweight kickboxing title.
The complete fight results from ONE: Enter the Dragon can be found below.