Scheduled to combat the legend Shinya Aoki at ONE Championship on April 28, Sage Northcutt will likely be unable to compete as a result of he’s nonetheless affected by lasting COVID-19 results.
The information is unlucky as a result of ONE simply began its journey with North American broadcasting after the promotion televised its first present on TNT final week. Whereas Sage Northcutt is out of his bout with Aoki, the legend will stay on the cardboard and combat a rival in Eduard Folayang as a substitute.
Sage Northcutt was set to return after a two-year therapeutic course of following a number of facial fractures in his ONE debut towards Cosmo Alexandre. Initially, the light-weight had a combat lined up however it appears to be like like followers should wait a bit longer for his return. Previous to the eight facial fractures, Northcutt got here into the promotion with loads of hype after a high-action UFC run. The 25-year outdated placing specialist left the UFC on a three-fight win streak earlier than ONE scooped up the prospect.
However, Aoki is a former One and Dream light-weight champion. The adorned grappler has been an enormous title in blended martial arts for a number of years now. Debuting as an expert in 2003, Aoki is a pioneer of the game. Lately, the legend gained his final combat with a rear-naked choke and stays a potent risk on the bottom at 37-years of age.
It appears Sage Northcutt will want some extra time to get well from the lingering results of COVID-19 however at the very least ONE discovered a strong substitute for the Japanese combating legend. Hopefully, in time, followers will get to see Northcutt again in motion and perhaps even towards Aoki sooner or later.
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