Sage Northcutt vs. Shinya Aoki Scheduled for ONE’s April 28th event

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Sage Northcutt Vs. Shinya Aoki Added to ONE FC Fight Card on TNT

Former UFC fighter and hot prospect Sage Northcutt will make his return to the ONE FC cage opposite of Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki. The fight will be under MMA rules and be part of ONE FC 4th event on TNT. Stylistically, this is a classic Striker Vs. Grappler match up that brings back memories of Pride FC glory days.

Aoki, who made his fame wearing rainbow spats to his Pride fight and breaking limbs is mainstay at ONE. Shinya Aoki have fought for ONE FC since 2014 and is one of the promotions biggest stars. Unlike many of the new generation fighters, the grappling ace is a known commodity with over 50 fights under his belt.

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Northcutt Vs. Aoki - Changing of the guard?

Shinya Aoki is synonym with Japanese MMA, the submission master has been absolutely lethal with his ground assault. He had submitted 5 opponents in the ONE FC cage and countless more during the course of his MMA Career. At 37 years of age he will be the much elder body, while durability isn’t one of his strong suits. Aoki was notably destroyed by Ben Askren’s ground and pound and TKO’d by Eduard Folayang in the 3rd round of their fight.

In addition, facing a younger, stronger foe in “super” Sage Northcutt Aoki once again finds himself in a tough fight. His route to victory is clear, take the fight to the ground by any means necessary. His striking skills are a sharp opposite to his elite grappling, thus he cannot afford prolonged stand up exchanges. It will be a safe bet to wager Aoki by sub in case he is able to takedown his American foe.

Northcutt for his part also faces a challenge. The 25 year old hasn’t fought since a nasty knockout loss to Cosmo Alexandre. It is fair to say in hindsight the fight was a miss match. The much larger Alexandre is a monster of a striker who owns a knockout win over UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya

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Important to note, that knockout loss halted Northcutt’s momentum and left him with a badly fractured orbital bone. To be precise, Northcutt suffered 8(!) fractures to his orbital. spending time recovering It will be almost two full years since he last saw live action. 

Distance and Cage control key in Striker Vs. Grappler match ups

The youngster will face a different kind of bone damage potential as Shinya Aoki has been known to break bones and flip birds. None more infamous than Aoki’s 2009 encounter with Mizuto Hirota. Northcutt must keep this fight upright in order to win the fight. In case he is able to accomplish the feat, Northcutt should be the betting favorite for victory.

Although a part of MMA’s new generation which implies he has adequate skills in all three of MMA’s major disciplines, he is certainly a few levels below Aoki in terms of grappling skills. While he is significantly ahead in terms of striking and offensive wrestling, Northcutt should be weary spending time on the mat with the Japanese grappling savant. Save an event of a hurt Aoki, the ground should be avoided like fire. In case the American will be able to deny Aoki’s takedowns and guard pulls he has a real chance of scoring an upset win. In case he doesn’t, he will likely by tapped out or choked unconscious. 

Aoki Vs. Northcutt Early Betting Prediction

In such clear Striking Vs. Grappling fights logic and experience teaches us to favor the grappler. That is of course in the condition he is able to bring the fight to his favored domain.

As a result, It will be fairy clear in the opening minutes the direction this fight will take. Within the first few striking exchanges and takedown attempts there will be a definite direction indicative of the outcome. stay tuned for live in-fight odds for unique betting opportunities.

Official Fight Odds has yet to be released by Online Sportsbooks. Once they do, our prediction/betting advice leans towards a 1st round finish. Either Shinya Aoki by Submission or Sage Northcutt by KO/TKO.

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