After knocking out Sage Northcutt in just 29 seconds, Cosmo Alexandre has expressed some sympathy in a post-fight interview with MMA Fighting.
The reason for that of course goes beyond just the result, with Alexandre also shattering Northcutt’s face en route to victory. Following the fight’s conclusion, Northcutt underwent a nine-hour surgery for eight facial fractures. While saddened by the news, Alexandre wasn’t overly surprised. ”When the fight was over and he got back up his face was already swollen, and that’s something unusual,” Alexandre told MMA Fighting.
“I had a feeling that it wasn’t 100 percent. I left the ring and went backstage to see the doctor, he was in a different room, but I decided not to get in there because there was too many people out there. When they brought a stretcher, I knew something serious had happened. The next day I heard that he had a long surgery. I hate that, man.
“I’m doing my job there, to go in there and win. I know we can get hurt, but nothing that serious. I was sad because that’s his job and I don’t wish that to anyone.”
Alexandre’s win was a memorable one, receiving an immense reaction on social media as in the decorated kickboxer’s mind, he simply did his job. With that in mind, the Brazilian was left disappointed by the online reaction to his opponent's defeat. ”When I got back to the hotel there were a lot of messages online, people talking trash at him. I honestly don’t know why. I can’t understand why people hate him so much. I don’t know if it’s because he’s good looking, like a model. I can’t understand, and I don’t like that. I asked people to stop tagging me on those messages.”
While Alexandre quite clearly has nothing but respect for his recent foe, he was far from stunned by his success when they met in the ONE Championship ring. ”Americans would tell me he was badass, and my question was always the same: What did he win? I was not being arrogant, it was an honest question. I wanted to know who did he beat, what did he win. He never beat nobody, never won anything that I know of.”
Even still, Alexandre hadn’t competed in MMA for almost three years and as a result, he was left somewhat surprised by the suddenness of his own win. ”I thought it would take longer, but I forget about the size of gloves. I’m used to fighting with 8oz, 10oz gloves, and it never crossed my mind that with small MMA gloves, if one good hand landed clean, he would probably go down.”
As for what’s next, Alexandre’s motivation is rather simple. “Being the ONE champion, being a UFC champion, I don’t have that (desire). The thing for me now is making money. I want to retire soon, so all I think about is money. Having good fights, of course, to finish my career on a high note, and make money. It’s up to ONE now. I have can fight Muay Thai, Kickboxing or MMA there.”