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By David Tees on 1/28/2024 4:13 PM

UFC veteran Sage Northcutt was scheduled to fight Shinya Aoki early this morning at One Championship 165, but withdrew from the fight due to issues with his corner.

The fighter has since taken to Instagram to reveal just what happened that caused his withdrawal from the card:

“I’m sorry to all my fans and to my opponent Shinya Aoki for not fighting tonight,” Northcutt posted on Instagram. “There were some last-minute visa issues with two of my coaches and they are on their way back to the US right now. One Championship offered to help by giving me a world champion Jiu Jitsu coach for a replacement, but not having my coaches that I trained my whole camp with out there with me to compete against arguably the worlds greatest MMA submission artist of all time wasn’t going to be best for me. Thank you Chatri and One Championship for trying your best to make things work at the last minute. Again I apologize to Shinya and everyone that was tuning in. I know that One 165 is an incredible card with incredible world class talent that everybody will still enjoy.”

Aoki wound up fighting another UFC veteran in John Lineker at the event, with Aoki scoring a first round submission over his late notice foe.