As if not stacked enough, the ONE Championship lightweight division just got more interesting after “Super” Sage Northcutt dropped down to the lightweight division.
Despite suffering a 29-second knockout loss to Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre, Northcutt remains one of the most promising young athletes in The Home Of Martial Arts, bringing in a 14-3 record in mixed martial arts and unbeaten 15-0 slate in kickboxing.
And his arrival has certainly caught the attention of the sharks in the division — former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang included.
“The division is so stacked, and there are a lot of people waiting for him. This is another challenge in the lightweight division, and this would certainly be a challenge for him as well,” Folayang said.
“We cannot undermine the possibility of Folayang versus Northcutt. As time passes, I know the world will become smaller for the two of us, so it’s always a nice possibility. This is a fight I’m interested in.”
Considering Northcutt’s debut, “Landslide” does not judge the American for losing, since he knows firsthand how a match can swing in an instant.
He plans to see how “Super” adjusts to the division first before assessing the highly-touted American.
“That fight did not show the full potential of Sage when he last fought. Maybe his move to the lightweight division will help, as he will be big for the division,” Folayang said. “I’d like to see his first match at lightweight first, and then from there, maybe we can assess his skills and how he fares in the lightweight division.
“Hopefully, he has an ace up his sleeve in his move to lightweight.”
But that match will have to wait. Folayang will have his hands full against Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba at ONE: FIRE & FURY on January 31 at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
“While that would be a good match, of course, my entire focus is on my match on January 31.”
In the meantime, ONE Championship returns to martial arts action this Friday, January 10, for ONE: A NEW TOMORROW at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
The lead card begins at 6:30pm Philippine Standard Time (PH), while the prime card starts at 7:30pm PHT.
For the main card, turn to ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30pm PHT.
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