In a thrilling turn of events, the much-anticipated showdown between Shinya Aoki and Sage Northcutt has been rescheduled for ONE Championship 165, slated to enthrall fans on January 28th at the iconic Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
This high-stakes matchup was initially primed for action at ONE on TNT 4 back in April 2021. However, Sage Northcutt was compelled to withdraw due to the lingering effects of COVID-19, leaving fans eagerly awaiting their clash.
Shinya Aoki, a seasoned mixed martial artist, is poised to step back into the arena after his last bout, where he faced a knockout loss against Saygid Izagakhmaev at ONE Championship 163 in November 2022. The veteran fighter, known for his prowess in PRIDE and Strikeforce, is determined to secure his first victory in nearly three years, having faced two consecutive losses.
His adversary, Sage Northcutt, has had a limited number of fights since departing from the UFC in 2018. The fighter nicknamed "Super" made his debut in the ONE Championship in May 2019, suffering a brutal knockout at the hands of Cosmo Alexandre. However, after a lengthy four-year hiatus, Northcutt made a triumphant return, securing a rapid 39-second submission win over Ahmed Mujtaba at ONE Fight Night 10 in May.
The collision between these two skilled fighters promises an adrenaline-pumping spectacle, as Aoki seeks redemption and Northcutt aims to solidify his resurgence in the competitive MMA landscape. The backstory of their postponed bout only adds to the mounting anticipation among fans, eager to witness this clash of titans finally come to fruition.
As the countdown begins for ONE Championship 165, the MMA world eagerly awaits the collision of these two forces, poised to deliver an electrifying battle within the confines of the Ariake Arena.