Cosmo Alexandre Wants Vitor Belfort Next
May was an action packed month in ONE Championship, with three stacked cards, each of which, more than delivered. There were crazy finishes, massive upsets, incredible performances, all out wars and lots of huge talking points. And one of those talking points was Cosmo Alexandre’s 29 second knockout over Sage Northcutt.
For those that weren’t familiar with Alexandre beforehand, it was a huge shock. For those that were familiar with Alexandre’s impressive resume, the knockout itself was still pretty shocking. It resulted in eight fractures to Northcutt’s face and a nine hour operation.
Speaking to BJPenn.com, Alexandre said he trained hard for the fight, which was his first MMA contest in almost three years.
“I was ready for a war. I trained so hard for this fight. But we never know what can happen. As athletes, we train for every situation. I caught him with a good, clean punch and that was it.
“I thought he would try to stand for few seconds and then try to take me down, but he had no time to do this. The fight was so short, he couldn’t get going.”
The Brazilian has wins over some of the biggest Muay Thai and kickboxing stars in the world but he says this was his biggest win in MMA.
“Without a doubt, this was the biggest win of my mixed martial arts career.”
Alexandre, who now has an 8-1 record in MMA, has shown a huge amount of respect towards Northcutt since their bout at ONE: Enter The Dragon and wishes him a speedy recovery.
“I messaged him already. As soon I heard about his surgery… it’s terrible. He was my opponent and not my enemy. I have a lot of respect for the kid and he has a good future. I wish him a speedy recovery. He has many good things going for him and I have no doubt he will be back stronger and wiser, and a much better athlete.”
When we spoke to Cosmo straight after his win in Singapore, he told us that he has three more fights on his contract and after that he plans to retire. Not surprisingly, he wants each one of those three fights to be big ones. And he has a name in mind for his next opponent.
“I’m not interested in the belt right now. Right now I want the big fights. I would love to welcome Vitor Belfort in his ONE Championship debut also. I have three more fights in my contract and I want big fights, big challenges.
“I just want to make big fights now. I already have seven world titles, I already fought all the big names in Muay Thai and kickboxing. So for now, I just want the big names, and to make big money.
“I can fight mixed martial arts, Muay Thai or Kickboxing. I can do it all, and I bring everything I have in the ring or cage. I am waiting just for the call.”