There was a big deal being made about Sage Northcutt’s debut in Asia’s reigning MMA promotion, the ONE Championship. It did not go according to plan.
The former UFC prospect suffered a brutal loss in his ONE Championship debut, completing getting smashed with a right hook from Cosmo Alexandre just 29 seconds into their match on Friday.
A trip to the hospital revealed extensive damage was done.
As for Northcutt, all signs point to him making full recovery from the orbital smash to his face. “Fresh out of surgery … I had 8 fractures and a nine hour intense operation,” he announced via Instagram to a hero’s welcome. “Feeling blessed for the amazing care and all the support from ONE championship, my family/friends and fans!” 9-hour surgery for 29-seconds of ring-work. I’ll take my chances on the outside, looking in.
Northcutt’s x-rays are visible in the background, showing the damage to Sage’s cheekbone and orbital.