After bagging his third bonus in his last four fights, #JasonKnight is quickly building a reputation for himself as one of the most exciting fighters to watch in the UFC’s featherweight division.
At #UFC211, Knight was involved in an all-out war with Chas Skelly in a fight where both me came out bloodied and looking worse for wear. Knight eventually won the fight in the third round, but suffered some injuries that needed tending to after the fight. Speaking to Champions.co earlier this week, Knight gave an update on his health.
“I just had the cut under my right eye,” Knight said. “It’s just old scar tissue—that cut happened in my first UFC fight against Kawajiri. Ever since then, it just seems to open up every fight, but it’s already healed now. The stitches are out and it’s probably already back to 100-percent. It’s something that’s just going to keep on happening. It’s no big deal. I had a deviated septum and I had surgery on that five days after the fight. It’s been three weeks now and it’s pretty much sealed. It’s now at a point where my breathing is getting better everyday and the swelling is going down. By the time I get to this fight with Lamas, I know it will be back at 100-percent and I’ll be ready to go. It’s not even sore anymore.”
His fight with Skelly wasn’t the first back and forth war that Knight has been involved in. The Mississippi man explained that this is the style of fight he enjoys and that there would only be more to come.
“I think it’s just something that comes naturally,” Knight said. “I get in there and I fight my hardest every time. I just go in there and put it all on the line and I believe that’s the only way I know how to fight. I’ve always been a hard worker inside and outside of the Octagon and that’s never going to change. It’s cool that fighting style, when you’re just ready to go in their and bang, is what gets you bonuses. I’ve got a lot more bonuses in my future because that’s really the only way that I know how to fight. I just bite down on my gumshield, get my hands dirty and give it everything I got. Now I’ve got my deviated septum fixed, I’m going to be able to breathe a lot easier in my fights, so my cardio should be a lot better. I’m going to give it even more than I have been doing.”
While the fight with the Lamas is the one in his immediate future, Knight is already eyeing fights with the man now carrying the title of the unified UFC featherweight champion.
“If I get the win at #UFC214, I want two more wins and then I want to fight #MaxHolloway,” Knight said. “He’s the man with the belt, he’s the man to beat. It’s nothing against him, he’s just the guy on top right now and he’s the one to beat if you want to be the best. Even #FrankieEdgar—I watched his fight with #YairRodriguez and man is he tough. From what I’ve seen though, he’s beatable as well. #CubSwanson, I know if we went at it, we’d put on a hell of a fight. He likes to bang it out just like I do. Those are the type of fights I’m looking for, the ones where I’ll have a willing opponent to really go at it with me. I don’t want anything that’s easy. I want the hardest fights I can get and I want to have crazy wild fights that get the fans excited to watch.”
Fights with the kingpins of the 145-pound division may not be too far away, but for the minute, Knight insists he only has his eyes set on one man.
“I’m taking this one fight at a time and this big opportunity has just fallen into my lap,” Knight said. “I’d like to beat Lamas and then get another two fights under my belt this year. I don’t care who they are, but if I win my next three fights, I’m on a seven-fight win streak. After that, I don’t see why there’s any reason why I shouldn’t’ have a shot at the title. I’ll deal with Lamas first though.”
Knight vs. Lamas goes down at #UFC214 on July 29. In the main event, Jon Jones takes on Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight title.