William Knight



Set to face Menifield
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 19, 2021
Knight will take on Alonzo Menifield on a light heavyweight event scheduled for Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, according to Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.
This bout between Menifield and Knight has been a late addition to the Dec. 4 card of UFC Vegas 44, and Knight will try to start a new winning streak against a quality opponent. The 33-year-old is coming off a win over Fabio Cheran via KO (punches) on Aug. 21 this year.
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Hammers Fabio Cherant
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 21, 2021
Knight defeated Fabio Cherant via KO (punches) at 3:58 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 29 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Knight's poor grappling game was heavily exposed in a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Da Un Jung this past April, but he's always been a quality striker with legitimate knockout power, and Cherant found out the hard way that engaging Knight in a stand-up affair is a recipe for disaster. One quick left hand turned Cherant's lights out immediately. He fired off a couple additional shots that landed flush before referee Chris Tognoni -- who has had a rough evening -- got in there to call off the fight. Knight will have to answer for his poor wrestling skills sooner or later, but it wasn't this night. The 33-year-old Connecticut native has now alternated wins and losses in his first three UFC bouts. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
Eyeing fight with Cherant
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Knight is expected to take on Fabio Cherant at a UFC event on August 21, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Knight is coming off a loss to Da Un Jung via unanimous decision. He was 3-0 in the UFC prior to the fight. The 33-year-old will look to get things back on track in this bout. His opponent, Cherant, has been sidelined with a rib injury after losing his debut fight with company.
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.
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.