One Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong likes what he sees in Sage Northcutt, the 23-year-old who signed on the Singapore-based promotion’s dotted line after a 6-2 run in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When Northcutt makes his One Championship debut sometime in 2019, he will do so on the strength of a three-fight winning streak. The Texan represents everything Sityodtong looks for in a fighter.
“Not only is he a phenomenal athletic prodigy, but he’s a true martial artist in the sense that he’s inherited the true values of martial arts through his years of training,” Sityodtong said. “He has integrity, he has humility, he has honor, he has respect, courage, discipline [and] compassion. These are the things that resonate in Asia especially but also globally.”
Northcutt last competed at UFC Fight Night 133 in July, when he knocked out Zak Ottow with second-round punches. He also holds wins over Thibault Gouti, Michel Quinones, Enrique Marin, Cody Pfister and Francisco Trevino. Sityodtong believes Northcutt has even more to offer.
“I think Sage has the potential to be a three-sport world champion in One Championship,” he said. “He wants to become an MMA world champion, a muay Thai world champion and a kickboxing world champion. He definitely has the potential to do it.”