ONE Championship’s United States debut has added one of the promotion’s bigger American stars.
On Monday, promotion officials announced that Sage Northcutt (11-3) will compete for the first time in roughly three years when he faces Ahmed Mujtaba (10-2) in Broomfield, Colorado on May 5, 2023.
News of the match-up was first reported by Sports Illustrated.
🚨 SAGE NORTHCUTT IS BACK 🚨 Witness his return to action against Ahmed Mujtaba at ONE Championship's U.S. on-ground debut at ONE Fight Night 10 🔥 Tickets are selling fast so get yours NOW!
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 23, 2023
“Super” Sage Northcutt was a budding star for the UFC from 2015 to 2018, posting a 6-2 record across eight fights inside the octagon. Unable to come to terms on a new contract, Northcutt entered free agency while on a three-fight win streak, and took his talents to ONE Championship, only to stumble out of the gate when he was knocked out by the little-known Cosmo Alexandre.
Alexandre, a decorated kickboxer, broke Northcutt’s jaw in the fight.
After a lengthy stretch recuperating from the injury, Northcutt had been expected to return to action at ONE on TNT IV in April of 2021, against Japanese legend Shinya Aoki. With Northcutt contracting COVID-19, however, the bout was called off.
When he finally does make his return, Sage Northcutt will do so against a ONE Championship regular in Ahmad Mujtaba. The Pakistani known as “Wolverine” has fought exclusively for the promotion since 2016, and has won his last two bouts.
May 5’s ONE Fight Night 10 will air on Amazon’s Prime Video platform, and is headlined by the rubber match in the trilogy between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Adriano Moraes. The card takes place at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, CO.