16 May - 
Cosmo Alexandre sees 'nothing special here' in fight with Sage Northcutt at ONE Championship 96

Kickboxing standout Cosmo Alexandre welcomes high-profile free agent Sage Northcutt to the ONE Championship cage on Friday, but “Good Boy” isn’t viewing the moment as anything too incredible.

“I know that’s he’s young, strong, explosive and athletic,” Alexandre told MMA Junkie. “He used to fight in the UFC, but I’ve fought everyone in muay Thai. I fought Yodsanklai Fairtex twice. I fought the best. So this is just another fight. There’s nothing special here. I simply don’t want to lose.

“I’m training to win, regardless of my opponent. I haven’t fought MMA in some time, but I’m not too concerned.”

Alexandre (7-1) and Northcutt (11-2) meet on the main card of Friday’s ONE Championship 96 event, which takes place at Singapore Indoor Stadium. The night’s main card streams in the U.S. on B/R live following prelims on ONE Championship’s Facebook and Twitter account.

It’s Alexandre’s first MMA contest since 2016, but he hasn’t been idle in the meantime.

“I had a contract with a Chinese organization,” Alexandre said. “Their contract was similar to ONE’s. I was allowed to fight MMA, kickboxing or muay Thai. I did all three, mostly kickboxing.

“I’m primarily a muay Thai fighter, but I fight everything, and I’ll keep doing that with my new ONE contract. It just so happens that it’ll be MMA next.”

While Northcutt is certainly a popular figure in the sport, longtime MMA fans will recognize Alexandre’s name, as well. He considers himself a kickboxer, first and foremost, but he did have a six-fight stint under the Bellator banner, as well.

While he went 5-1 in the promotion, Alexandre said his time there ended unceremoniously.

“I had a problem with Bellator, like many other fighters did,” Alexandre admitted. “I had a problem with their other president (Bjorn Rebney). I asked to leave the promotion. They said I could get out of my contract, but I’d have to agree to wait 14 months until I could fight in the WSOF or the UFC. That’s why I only signed with Legacy much later.”

But those days are far behind. More recently, Alexandre has relocated from his native Brazil to Florida. ONE Championship 96 marks Alexandre’s promotional MMA debut, as well, though it comes with much less fanfare. But Alexandre believes it will be a good fit for him, especially with ability to compete in multiple disciplines for the organization.

At 37, Alexandre believes he’s found a home for the remainder of his fighting career.

“My future plans are to renew my contract with ONE; they’re growing a lot” Alexandre said. “It could be my final contract. I’m getting a bit tired after 16 years.

“Today, I look at fighting as extra money. In muay Thai, I’m very accomplished. I’ve won all the belts I went after, except for one, which is to win in a major stadium in Thailand like Lumpinee or Rajadamnern, and I’ve faced everyone I wanted to face, except for Buakaw Banchamek. I’ve done pretty much everything I set out to do in fighting. In MMA, I’m in it for the money.

“I’m scheduled to fight Sage, and I have three more fights after that in ONE. I want to fight well so I can renew my contract. If all goes well, I’d like to retire after that.”

But that’s longterm thinking. Right now, there’s a more pressing task at hand – playing spoiler for Northcutt’s ONE Championship debut.

“I’ve been working on my jiu-jitsu at Evolution MMA Naples,” Alexandre said. “We’ve been sharpening my muay Thai and working hard on my wrestling. I’m putting hard work so I can beat Sage.

“I’m looking forward to challenging myself by facing this young fighter. One more time I’ll be fighting on MMA turf. But no MMA fighter has ever came over to muay Thai to face me. Funny how that is.”

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