One Championship adds free agent MMA competitor Sage Northcutt

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

One Championship has signed American Sage Northcutt. He was a free agent after the UFC decided to let him walk.

Northcutt had eight fights for the company. But President Dana White wasn’t impressed — despite six wins — that he decided not to re-sign him.

Former UFC competitor Sage Northcutt punches Enrique Marin during the UFC 200 event
Sage Northcutt punches Enrique Marin during the UFC 200 event (Getty Images)

“Please join me in giving a big welcome to multiple-time karate world champion, Black Belt Hall of Famer, and rising global mixed martial arts superstar Sage Northcutt to ONE Championship! @sagenorthcutt,” One Championship Founder/CEO Chatri Sityodtong said on Twitter when he announced the hire.

It’s a multi-fight agreement. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

He is the latest talent to choose to go to One Championship. Demetrious Johnson – who was dominate in the UFC – accepted to go to One Championship in a blockbuster trade that sent Ben Askren to the Las Vegas company.

“Mighty Mouse” only had two losses in eight years with the UFC.

Those losses were to Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 in August 4th. Johnson lost his UFC Flyweight Championship belt in the fight.

He also was defeated by Dominick Cruz by unanimous decision at UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson on Oct. 1, 2011.

One Championship also signed former free agent Eddie Alvarez. The Philadelphia native departed the company following his loss to Dustin Poirier by TKO (Punches) in July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the One Championship family!,” Northcutt said on Twitter. “I’m looking forward to being a part of something great!”

The UFC had a chance to match the offer from One Championship for Northcutt, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. However, White elected not to do so.

Northcutt reportedly also had offers from Bellator and Combate Americas.

“We let Sage go,” UFC president Dana White said on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. “Sage is young and Sage needs some work. So let him get some work in one of these other organizations and we’ll see where this kid ends up in a couple of years and maybe we’ll pick him back up again.”

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