William Knight


Crumbles under heavy pressure
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 10, 2021
Knight lost to Da Un Jung via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 27-30) at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Knight entered with a perfect 3-0 record between his time with the UFC and Dana White's Contender Series, but this performance was an unmitigated disaster. Unable to defend a takedown to save his life, Knight allowed Jung to connect on 8-of-9 tries. As a result, Knight was unable to get anything going offensively throughout the course of the bout. Knight was expected to put forth a considerably more competitive effort considering he entered as a small +125 underdog. It's imperative the 33-year-old Connecticut native work on his wrestling prior to his next bout.
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Off UFC 260 card
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 24, 2021
Knight (undisclosed) has withdrawn from his match against Alonzo Menifield at UFC 260 on March 27, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Knight has instead been booked against Da Un Jung on April 10, replacing Shamil Gamzatov due to visa issues. Menifield, meanwhile, will take on Fabio Cherant this Saturday.
Fight moving to UFC 260
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 25, 2021
Knight's light heavyweight fight with Alonzo Menifield has been rescheduled for UFC 260 on March 27, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
Knight and Menifield were initially booked for UFC Fight Night 186 in Las Vegas, but the match had to be cancelled after Menifield tested positive for COVID-19. The two fighters will instead face off late March.
Matchup with Menifield called off
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 25, 2021
Knight's scheduled light heavyweight fight with Alonzo Menifield was removed from the card for Saturday's UFC Fight Night 186 in Las Vegas after Menifield tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Nolan King and Mike Bohn of USA Today report.
The UFC doesn't plan to find a replacement for Menifield to face Knight; instead, the two fighters are expected to be added to another card in the coming weeks. The Menifield-Knight fight becomes the second bout removed from the this weekend's card for COVID-19-related reasons.
Set for second UFC fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 23, 2020
Knight will square off against Alonzo Menifield in a light heavyweight matchup on Feb. 27, MMAJunkie.com reports.
The card does not yet have an announced location. Knight will be looking to improve to 2-0 as a UFC fighter, having defeated Aleksa Camur by unanimous decision in his promotional debut in September. Menifield has two victories under the UFC banner, though he's coming off a pair of defeats, most recently getting knocked out in the second round by Ovince St. Preux.
Strong effort in UFC debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 26, 2020
Knight defeated Aleksa Camur via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 253 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It was a strong showing from Knight in his UFC debut. Armed with a massive upper-body strength advantage, Knight did an excellent job of controlling Camur in clinch situations. He nearly scored a beautiful submission late in Round 2, but Camur was saved by the bell. All in all, it was an excellent effort from a 32-year-old newcomer who entered as a +130 underdog. Expectations should be kept in check given Knight's lack of experience, but he's clearly worth monitoring following this performance.