MMA: ONE Championship sign former UFC welterweight Sage Northcutt

Northcutt holds a professional record of 13-2.
Northcutt holds a professional record of 13-2. Photo credit: Getty

Asian combat sports giant ONE Championship has lured yet another UFC athlete to their ever-expanding roster.

On Saturday, ONE Chairman Chatri Sityodtong confirmed the acquisition of American Sage Northcutt on a multi-fight deal.

Northcutt's addition is a continuation of ONE's recent star signing splurge, following hot on the heels of former UFC world champions Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez.

With a record of 13-2 and currently amid a three-fight win streak, the 22-year-old is still years away from hitting his prime and has the kind of established pulling power that should further boost ONE's bid to expand its global footprint.

The Californian's dynamic, Karate-based striking blended with supreme athleticism had him ear-marked for greatness as a teenager.

Mentored by his father - a Karate black-belt - he grew up surrounded by martial arts and began competing at the age of four. He'd go on to become a phenomenon in the Karate world, amassing numerous world titles before making the transition to MMA.

Northcutt made his professional debut at the age of 17-years-old and was swiftly snapped up by the UFC, where he immediately delivered on the hype with a knockout win in under a minute in his first Octagon appearance.

He trains out of the Alpha Male gym in his native Sacramento under the tutelage of former world champion Urijah Faber and Justin Buchholz.

The news follows hot on the heels of the additions of former UFC lightweight and flyweight world champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson last month.

ONE also added former UFC welterweight, Yoshihiro 'Sexyama' Akiyama last week.

Northcutt will make his promotional debut in Singapore on February 22.