ONE Championship made major moves over the last few months acquiring arguably the greatest fighter ever in Demetrious Johnson. Then, they signed former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez and prospect, Sage Northcutt.
Last weekend, Johnson and Alvarez made their highly anticipated debut, where many expected the two to blow out the competition. However, that was not the case. Rather, Johnson got touched up a few times but did come away with a submission win. Meanwhile, Alvarez was knocked out in the first round in a stunning loss.
Northcutt, the lone big signing who has yet to fight for ONE Championship reacted to Alvarez’s and Johnson’s fights.
First, he discussed Alvarez’s fight.
“Sometimes people you’ve never even heard of, they have a lot of talent,” Northcutt said to BJPENN.com. “So the guy that Eddie Alvarez fought obviously had a lot of talent. I saw the giant slice on Eddie Alvarez’s eye — he had his eye split in half — that was pretty bad. I can’t even imagine that, that’s got to hurt. He had to get stitches. I’m sure Eddie was in a lot of pain. I’ve always heard ONE Championship has great strikers, and you can see that.”
From there, ‘Super Sage’ reacted to Johnson’s ONE debut and what he saw in the fight.
“I remember him taking his opponent down, and his opponent getting back up real quick and blocking some shots,” Northcutt said. “He was a very talented opponent. I think that ONE Championship has the most champions out of any fight league, and they have so much talent over there that they have a wide variety of guys to fight. There are guys that you maybe haven’t heard the name of, like the guy that Demetrious fought, but they have a lot of talent.”
Now, Northcutt is hoping to follow in Johnson’s footsteps and successfully win his ONE Championship debut.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime