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Sage Northcutt Rebuts ONE Championship's 'Inaccurate' Explanation for Withdrawal Drama

Sage Northcutt during the fight
Sage Northcutt

In the world of mixed martial arts, drama often unfolds both inside and outside the cage. Sage Northcutt, the rising star known as "Super Sage," finds himself embroiled in a dispute with ONE Championship following his unexpected withdrawal from a highly anticipated showdown with Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki. What seemed like a routine fight cancellation has turned into a heated exchange of accusations and grievances.

In a surprising turn of events, Sage Northcutt's clash with Shinya Aoki was scrapped at the eleventh hour, citing unforeseen issues with Northcutt's cornermen. However, Northcutt took to social media to refute ONE Championship's explanation, alleging mismanagement and misinformation regarding his coaching staff's visa requirements.

According to Northcutt, he diligently provided ONE Championship with the necessary paperwork for his coaches' visas well in advance. Despite assurances from the promotion, Northcutt claims that he was blindsided by the sudden revelation that two of his coaches were barred from cornering him mere hours before the fight. Moreover, he expressed concerns about potential legal ramifications for his coaches due to ONE's alleged mismanagement.

The fallout from the saga has cast a shadow over Northcutt's future with ONE Championship. Beyond the immediate disappointment of missing out on a career-defining bout with Aoki, Northcutt's allegations raise questions about the promotion's handling of various issues, including drug testing, weight-cutting policies, and overall stability.

Amid the controversy, MMA Fighting has reached out to both Sage Northcutt's team and ONE Championship for further clarification. As fans await responses from the involved parties, the fallout from Northcutt's withdrawal serves as a stark reminder of the complexities and challenges faced by athletes in the world of professional MMA.

While Sage Northcutt's clash with Shinya Aoki may have been derailed by unforeseen circumstances, the fallout has ignited a firestorm of controversy and speculation. As both sides present their perspectives, the MMA community watches closely, eager for resolution and clarity amid the drama surrounding Northcutt's withdrawal from the ONE Championship event.


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