Ahmet Mujtaba has been matched with a UFC veteran at ONE Fight Night 10. The Pakistani will be travelling to Colorado to take on Sage Northcutt at the 1stBank Centre on May 5th.
Mujtaba (10-2) is coming off two extremely impressive first round stoppage wins. At ONE 163 last year he showcased his grappling skills to submit BJJ black belt Abraão Amorim with a triangle choke.
By contrast Northcutt (10-3) was knocked out in the opening round of his ONE Championship debut in 2019. Opponent Cosmo Alexandre has long since retired but the American has been out of action after suffering some serious facial injuries in that fight.
Northcutt had been one of the UFC’s biggest stars and was on a three fight winning streak when he left the promotion. His decision to sign with ONE Championship made headlines in the MMA world and he will be dropping back down to lightweight for this fight.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) May 17, 2019
As previously announced Demetrious Johnson will face Adriano Moraes for the third time in a fight which will headline ONE Championship’s US debut. The American will be putting his flyweight title on the line.
Johnson (24-4-1) is regarded as being the best flyweight of all time. He successfully defended his UFC 125lbs belt 11 times, a promotional record, before signing for ONE Championship in a swap with Ben Askren.
He won the flyweight Grand Prix to earn a shot at champion Adriano Moraes. But Johnson came up short first time around, getting stopped by the Brazilian in the second round at ONE on TNT in 2021.
Johnson would get his revenge at ONE on Prime Video 1 earlier this year. He finished Moreas with a flying knee in the second round to capture the second title of his career.
Moraes (20-4) saw his three fight winning streak ended that night. He will be looking to become the ONE Championship flyweight title holder for the fourth time.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 27, 2022
This will be the first time that ONE Championship has promoted an event outside of Asia. Chatri Sityodtong promised fans ‘an unforgettable show’,
“This is a monumental day in the history of ONE Championship as we announce our U.S. on-ground debut in Colorado on Friday, May 5. We are very grateful for the support of the state athletic commission and look forward to putting on an unforgettable show for our passionate fanbase in the U.S. and watching around the world,” he said.