D'Iberville's Jason Knight is training for a UFC bout in Anaheim, California on July 29th

Updated: Jul. 3, 2017 at 11:14 PM CDT
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D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Local UFC fighter Jason Knight trains at the Alan Belcher MMA club in D'Iberville.  He's taking aim on a fifth straight victory in the featherweight ranks.

Knight is always ready to move on up in the UFC ranks.  He accepted his latest challenge by replacing injured featherweight fighter Chan Sung Jung.

Knight will face his toughest test in his young MMA career, facing Ricardo Lamas.  He's ranked #5 in the USA Today Sports MMA world featherweight rankings.  Knight is an honorable mention, ready to crack the top 15.

Knight said, "He's only been beaten three times inside the UFC and all three were high level opponents.  So, if I can go out there and beat him I will prove that I'm one of those elite opponents."

Jujitsu instructor Mike Sanford believes Knight is knocking on the door for a possible title shot.

"If Jason ends up beating Ricardo Lamas, the skies the limit, "said Sanford.  "It's very possible he could get into a title show after this fight, depending on what happens in the division."

Since Jason quit his home building job, he's now dedicated to training full-time and that's made a dramatic change in Knight's overall ability inside the cage.

Knight said, "I would come here after work and train maybe an hour or two a day.  Now I'm getting here anytime I want to, do this full-time and I'm able to close all those holes in my game that before I really didn't have to time to work on."

Sanford added, "He's grown by leaps and bounds since then.  Not only that, he's only 24-years-old.  He's got the experience of an older fighter and the body of a younger fight.  It's a pretty amazing combination."

Jason Knight says he's a smarter fighter, always correcting his mistakes and fine-tuning his strong points.

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