Local Mixed Martial Arts fighter Jason "The Kid" Knight of Lucedale has punched and kicked his way into the Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in Las Vegas. He took the bout on short notice and is ready to move up the ladder in the UFC ranks.
Last week I caught up with Knight, while training for the fight at the Alan Belcher MMA Club in D'Iberville.
23-year-old Jason Knight has been a Mixed Martial Arts fighter since he was 14-year-old. In those nine years, Knight has rung up 16 wins and 1 defeat and later revenged the only loss on his record.
Knight said, "Most of my fights, all first or second round submissions. I think I've had one third round submission. The rest were all first or second round. Easy to say Jiu jitsu is my strong point."
Knight, the Atlas Fights featherweight champion, was contacted by officials with the Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale after another fighter dropped out of a the UFC featherweight bout with Tatsuya Kawajiri of Japan.
Knight decided to take the fight on short notice and signed a 4-fight deal. Atlas Fights President Glenn Mattina knew this day was coming.
"All of his contracts last year, A.J., when he fought for us had, we had to put the clause in there, if he got a phone call from the UFC we would let him out of his contract with Atlas, "stated Mattina. "He is the current Atlas featherweight champion, has been for three years. We knew Jason had the potential and was going to be going places because we literally couldn't find anybody in this region to fight the kid anymore. We literally were having to fly people in from South Florida just to fight him."
Knight is confident he can upset Kawajiri who is ranked the No. 13 UFC Featherweight fighter.
On Tuesday Knight will tell us why he believes he can pull an upset over Kawajiri. He also says if it wasn't for MMA fighting he most likely would have spent time in prison instead of the gym.
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