UFC veterans Sage Northcutt, Yoshihiro Akiyama sign with ONE Championship
Santino Honasan on Dec 01, 2018 10:25 AM
Sage Northcutt and Yoshihiro Akiyama are headed to ONE Championship
Singapore-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship continues to deepen their roster after signing two more world class talents this week.
Thursday night, it ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong revealed that veteran middleweight Yoshihiro "Sexyaman" Akiyama had signed with the Asian MMA powerhouse.
The 43-year old Akiyama owns a 15-6 professional record with 12 wins coming via stoppage. The Japanese-Korean former Judo gold medalist has fought in K-1, Dream, and Hero's before making a run in the UFC from 2009 to 2015, where he faced a number of big names like champions Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping.
Akiyama last fought in 2015, and appears to be looking to close out his career in ONE Championship.
Sityodtong revealed that Akiyama will be making his promotional debut in 2019 in the promotion's stacked welterweight division.
Less than 48 hours later, Sityodtong announced the signing of lightweight and welterweight standout "Super" Sage Northcutt.
The 22-year old Northcutt is best known for his run in the UFC from 2015 to 2018, where he went 6-2 with the North American promotion. Northcutt owns an 11-2 professional record and is on a three-fight winning streak.
Northcutt's arrival comes with little surprise, after the Texas native was in Singapore back in early November to take in some ONE Championship festivities and discuss a potential contract with Sityodtong.
Northcutt will also be making his debut in 2019.
The arrival of Akiyama and Northcutt comes after ONE Championship's landmark acquisitions of another pair of former UFC stars in Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson.
Alvarez, a former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion signed with ONE back in mid-October.
Johnson, UFC's longest-reigning Flyweight World Champion and former pound-for-pound great made his way to the promotion just two weeks later, following the first ever "trade" in MMA history.