Las week, on the main card of the stacked ONE: Enter the Dragon card in Singapore, former UFC talent Sage Northcutt made his ONE Championship debut opposite dangerous kickboxing export Cosmo Alexandre. Unfortunately for Northcutt and his legions of fans, this ONE debut went disastrously, as we was knocked out in less than 30 seconds.
After this tough knockout loss, Northcutt was carted to a Singapore hospital, where he underwent a nine-hour surgery to repair several facial injuries.
“Fresh out of surgery…I had 8 fractures and a nine hour intense operation,” Northcutt explained in a recent Instagram post. “Feeling blessed for the amazing care and all the support from [ONE Championship] my family/friends and fans!”
Speaking on The MMA Hour on Monday, Team Alpha Male coach Urijah Faber updated on the extent of the injuries Sage Northcutt sustained in this fight — and it all sounds just brutal.
“Twenty five seconds in, really, he got stalked — Cosmo, who’s an amazing kickboxer and a big, strong guy, came out and pressed the action right off the bat,” Faber said of Sage Northcutt (via transcript MMA Fighting). “Right off the bat, did like a couple of stutter steps, switch-step fakes to kind of corral Sage in. Sage went one way and then the other way, first time in a ring, and literally gets manhunted with the nastiest punch and crushes his whole face.
“Basically splintered his cheek into 30 pieces and broke his orbital bone. He had eight different fractures and literally they had to pick the pieces of the bone fragments out — 30 different pieces out of his face.”
Needless to say, it was a tough loss for Sage Northcutt. Here’s hoping the former UFC star makes a speedy recovery.
Stay tuned for further updates on his ONE Championship career as details emerge.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/21/2019.