"Super" Sage Northcutt has his ONE Championship return officially booked...and it's against a very intriguing name — Fightful has you covered on who Northcutt's upcoming opponent is as well as other recent fight announcements from around the world of MMA.
Sage Northcutt vs. Shinya Aoki Set For ONE Championship on TNT IV
Former UFC lightweight Sage Northcutt is set for his return to ONE Championship.
According to ESPN, the 24-year old Texas-native will make his return against veteran Shinya Aoki in a welterweight scrap during the promotion's return to American cable TV in the form of ONE on TNT IV.
Northcutt (11-3) hasn't fought since suffering eight facial fractures during a KO loss to Cosmo Alexandre in 2019.
Aoki, 37, is currently riding a three-fight winning streak since coming up short in a lightweight title bid against Christian Lee in 2019.
Aoki made his MMA debut in 2003, when Northcutt was just 6-years old.
Injury Forced Blagoy Ivanov Out Of UFC 260 Bout Against Marvin Tybura
Former WSOF heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov won't be facing UFC heavyweight mainstay Marvin Tybura at UFC 260 after all.
The news was first announced by 24Chasa, before being confirmed by both Ivanov and Tybura on social media.
The severity of the injury suffered by Ivanov is unknown and no word on if the UFC will attempt to find a replacement for Tybura on next month's pay-per-view card.
Ramadan Kurmagomedov Set For UFC Debut Against Alex Olivieira At UFC Vegas 20
The Brazilian Cowboy will stick around on the UFC Vegas 20 card after all.
Alex Olivieira (AKA The Brazilian Cowboy) was originally set to make his return to the UFC octagon this weekend at UFC Vegas 20 against Randy Brown, however the latter had to pull out of the bout due to undisclosed reasons.
In steps the undefeated Ramadan Kurmagomedov.
The 8-0 Russian-prospect appeared on Dana White's Contender Series in 2019 but narrowly won a split-decision over Jordan Williams, which didn't do much to impress the UFC President, however Ramadan will be making his first walk to the promotion's cage in just 4 days.
MMA Junkie was first to report the pairing.
UFC Veterans Sean Soriano And Noad Lahat Set To Clash At Warriors UAE
A pair of UFC veterans are set to throw-down at Warriors UAE next month.
According to MMA Fighting, UFC veteran Sean Soriano, who's 4-1 in his last five bouts will face fellow UFC veteran Noad Lahat on March 20.
Lahat will be making his return following a three-year layoff, last competing in Bellator in 2018, when he took a unanimous decision over Brian Moore.
Full Brave CF 47 Lineup Announced
The Bahrain-based promotion announced their entire next fight card, which takes place on March 11, as part of their Kombat Kingdom Series, which runs through April 1.
The March 11 card is headlined with former UFC fighter Rolando Dy taking on Abdisalam Kubanychbek, with the winner earning a lightweight title opportunity against champion Amin Ayoub.
The full fight card can be seen below:
Lightweight: Abdisalam Kubanychbek vs. Rolando Dy
Featherweight: Tae Kyun Kim vs. Husein Kadimagomaev
Super Welterweight: Nursulton Ruziboev vs. Andreas Stahl
Bantamweight: Mohammad Farhad vs. Uloomi Karim
Flyweight: Asu Almabayev vs. Ryskulbek Ibraimov
Featherweight: Agshin Babayev vs. Abdul Azim Badakhshi
Catchweight (68 kg): Nemat Abdrashitov vs. Anzor Abdulkhozhaev
Catchweight (63 kg: Rana Rudra vs. Ali Guliev
Flyweight: Rahmatullah Yousufzai vs. Jenel Lausa
Lukasz Rajewsi vs. Meteusz Legierski Set For KSW 59
A classic matchup of veteran vs. undefeated prospect is set for KSW 59 when 31-year old Lukasz Rajewski meets the undefeated Meteusz Legierski.
Rajewski (10-6) made his KSW debut back in May 2014 where he was on the wrong side of a unanimous decision against Lukasz Chlewicki.
Legierski (8-0) made his promotional debut in November 2020 where he took a dominant unanimous decision over Francisco Albano Barrio.
The KSW 59 card takes place on March 20 and is headlined by Mariusz Pudzianowski vs. Serigne Ousmane Dia.
Full List Of Fight Announcements
Sage Northcutt (11-3) vs. Shinya Aoki (46-9) — Men's Welterweight — ONE Championship On TNT IV — Apr. 28
Alex Olivieira (22-9) vs. Ramadan Kurmagomedov (8-0) — Men's Welterweight — UFC Vegas 20— Feb. 27
Sean Soriano (9-4) vs. Noad Lahat (13-4) — Men's Featherweight — Warriors UAE — Mar. 20
Lukasz Rajewski (10-6) vs. Mateusz Legierski (7-0) — Men's Lightweight — KSW 59 — Mar. 20