William Knight
Knightmare

USA

Awarded developmental deal
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 14, 2019
Knight defeated Herdem Alacabek via TKO (punches) at 4:34 of Round 3 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He was given a developmental UFC contract after the event.
ANALYSIS
While Knight came through as a (+145) underdog and picked up the late stoppage, he's simply too inexperienced overall for White to give him the standard contract. Instead, the UFC will search for better opportunities for the light heavyweight prospect on the regional circuit, similar to the pattern followed Greg Hardy when he got started on the Contender Series. The most impressive aspect of Knight's performance was the resilience he showed early, as he ate shots and spent much of the round on his back, even though he did get back up and land a jumping knee towards the end. He carried that momentum into a trip takedown in Round 2, where he then advanced to full mount and started raining down the punishment. Round 3 started with another successful knee that eventually led to a successful takedown attempt and the ensuing stoppage. At 31 years old, Knight may be a little old to be classified as a "prospect," but he's definitely a fighter worth checking up on down the road.
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