Sage Northcutt says he suffered eight fractures and had to endure a nine-hour surgery following his ONE Championship debut on Friday.
Northcutt was one of several recent high profile North American signings by ONE Championship, but his promotional debut did not go as planned at all.
On a night of massive upsets, the headline news was arguably Northcutt (11-3) getting knocked out 29 seconds into his ONE Championship debut. The American was under the impression he could stand and strike with Muay Thai veteran Cosmo Alexandre (8-1).
The Brazilian quickly set him straight on that point. The contest had barely got going when a right hand from Alexandre connected cleanly on the former UFC poster boy, who face planted into the ONE Championship canvas.
Twenty-four hours later, Northcutt posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed, x-rays looming over both shoulders, saying that Alexnadre inflicted eight fractures on him, requiring a nine-hour surgery to repair the damage.
“Fresh out of surgery… I had 8 fractures and a nine hour intense operation. Feeling blessed for the amazing care and all the support from ONE Championship, my family/friends and fans!” Northcutt wrote on Instagram.
No word yet on how long Northcutt will be sidelined or when he might be expected to return under the ONE Championship banner.
Update: One of his coaches at Team Alpha Male, UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber illuminated, “We said eight fractures… literally 30 different pieces, his cheek shattered like an eggshell,” Faber said in an interview with TMZ Sports.
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Fresh out of surgery…I had 8 fractures and a nine hour intense operation. Feeling blessed for the amazing care and all the support from @onechampionship, my family/friends and fans! My Terminator face is not too Shabby.. ?“I’ll be back!” Next post is catheter removal?…stay tuned-JK ?