Sage Northcutt’s return to the cage is still on hold.
The welterweight underwent a nine-hour facial reconstruction surgery. It stemmed from first-round knockout loss to Cosmo Alexandre in his ONE Championship debut in May 2019. While on MMA Junkie Radio, Tuesday, May 19, the 24-year-old said he is still waiting to be cleared by doctors.
“I’m waiting for the doctors to give me the OK to have full contact, but man, I’m still eager and I can’t wait to get back out there and fight again, and I’m looking forward to it,” Northcutt said.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) May 17, 2019
A long road back
Northcutt is still unable to participate in full-contact sparring.
Northcutt came into the bout riding a three-fight win streak under the UFC banner. He left the UFC and signed with ONE Championship in November 2018.
The Texas native earned his fame after making an appearance on “Dana White: Lookin’ for a fight.” He finished 6-2 in eight fights with the UFC.
While Northcutt is waiting for the thumbs up, One Championships is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m waiting until I can have the ability to have full-contact training because nobody wants to be able to go into a fight obviously if they’re not feeling well and they’re not healed up,” Northcutt said.