Rogan Criticizes Northcutt’s Team for ONE Debut
Sage Northcutt’s ONE Championship debut went all sorts of wrong, and UFC color commentator and podcast host Joe Rogan criticizes the young fighter’s team for the selection of his first ONE opponent.
Northcutt, formerly of the UFC, made his ONE debut last week at ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon, where he was knocked out by Cosmo Alexandre in 29 seconds. To make matters worse, “Super” Sage suffered eight fractures in his face and had to undergo a nine-hour surgery where 30 pieces of bone were removed.
Alexandre is an accomplished Muay Thai and kickboxing fighter, and Rogan, on a recent episode of the JRE MMA Podcast, says Northcutt’s team should have known better in putting Northcutt, still and up-and-coming blue chipper, in a fight against someone with world-class experience.
“[Alexandre] is world-class as far as striking, it’s a completely different level, but I guess because it was an MMA fight he was willing to take it,” Rogan said. “They fought stand up and Sage took that karate stance and the dude circled off to his right and landed that [expletive] right hand.
It’s a terrible matchup, I don’t know why they agreed to let him fight that guy. It’s just not smart…Sage is good, he’s very good, but these kinds of losses are terrible for his future because they are mismanagement losses in my opinion.
Original Story: MMA Mania