Sage Nortchutt is in Singapore for his much-anticipated ONE Championship debut, which takes place Friday, and the seven-time UFC veteran took part in a promotional press conference earlier today.
The card, which takes place at Singapore Indoor Stadium, features a lightweight title fight between current champ Shinya Aoki (43-8) and 20-year-old prodigy Christian Lee (11-3). The main card streams on B/R Live (8 a.m. ET) following prelims on ONE Championship’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (5 a.m. ET).
But for many viewers, Northcutt (11-2) making his promotional debut may very well prove the most intriguing bout on the card, when “Super” Sage takes on kickboxing specialist Cosmo Alexandre (7-1) in what certainly is no warmup fight for the UFC vet.
At today’s press conference, Northcutt was asked for his thoughts, and the response was just what we’ve come to expect from the ever-positive youngster.
“I think ONE Championship is amazing and everyone is amazing in Asia,” Northcutt said. “ONE Championship is about respect and honor and the true martial arts. That’s how I grew up. I was raised in these values.”
Northcutt left the UFC on the strength of a three-fight winning streak and signed with the Singapore-based ONE Championship. Organization officials are certainly doing him no favors in a matchup with with Alexandre, who lost his MMA debut in 2011 but has since rattled off seven consecutive wins, including appearances under the Bellator and Legacy FC banners.
“To be honest, I don’t see a lot of weakness in him,” Northcutt said. “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.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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