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Knight Vs. Rinaldi Booked For UFC 230 In New York

The upcoming UFC 230 fight card in New York City continues to round itself out, as featherweight spark plug Jason Knight will take on submission specialist Jordan Rinaldi on the preliminary undercard, per a recent report by Newsday (later confirmed by both fighters)

Knight, 26, is coming off a tough split-decision loss to Makwan Amirkhani this past May. The Mississippi native has now lost three in a row including a TKO loss to former UFC featherweight title challenger Ricardo Lamas last year. Knight, better known as “Hick Diaz,” was once considered an up-and-coming contender at 145 pounds, but has since fallen off the map. A victory over Rinaldi in front of a wild NYC crowd is the perfect way to regain his divisional momentum heading into 2019.

Rinaldi, 30, is coming off a disappointing TKO loss to undefeated contender Gregor Gillespie. With a 1-2 UFC record since making his Octagon debut over two years ago, Rinaldi badly needs a victory to stay afloat at 145 pounds. Rinaldi’s submission game is going to have to play a major role against Knight at UFC 230 considering he hasn’t shown much improvement on his feet.

UFC 230 is set to take place on Nov. 3 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, and feature a co-main event clash between lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and a returning Nate Diaz. No main event has been scheduled at this time.

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UFC Fans Want Queen Elizabeth To Knight Michael Bisping

Where’s Uryens when you need him?!?

“Sir” Michael Bisping?

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion recently retired from mixed martial arts (MMA). Not only because he accomplished all the goals he set out to achieve, but also because he’s trying to preserve the sight in his “disfigured” right eye.

But now that he’s gone, some combat sports fans across the pond want “The Count” to join the Queen’s Knighthood. To get the ball rolling, an online petition has been started with a goal of 2,000 signatures (see it here).

As of this writing they have 1,163.

“Michael Bisping has established himself as one of the most successful and longest tenured fighters in UFC history while also becoming a pioneer for MMA in the United Kingdom,” the petition reads. “He is an inspiration for young fighters around the country and this should be recognized with a knighthood. All hail The Count!”

I’m not sure what it takes to get knighted, but sure I hope it looks something like this.

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Jason Knight embracing Diaz brothers comparison heading into UFC Fight Night 123

Rising UFC featherweight contender Jason Knight is hoping to put a loss to Ricardo Lamas behind him tomorrow night (Sat., Dec. 9, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 123 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., when he takes on Mexican finisher Gabriel Benitez in the co-main event.

Knight, who lost to Lamas after filling in for an injured Chan Sung Jung at UFC 214 this past July, has become one of the more entertaining fighters to watch. His brawling tendencies and gritty attitude have led to comparisons to Nick and Nate Diaz, which in turn has left Knight with a rather catchy moniker.

“I like it,” Knight said about his “Hick Diaz” nickname in a recent interview with UFC.com.

“Some people might get offended if you call them a ‘hick’ or something like that but man, I embrace that. I was born in the South, raised up as country as can be and it doesn’t really bother me. Every chance I get I’m out there mud riding on my four-wheeler or out in the woods hunting, so it really doesn’t bother me none.”

While Knight has a long way to go before stacking his resume up against that of the Diaz brothers, two Performance of the Night awards over his last three Octagon appearances leads us to believe the Mississippi native is already on his way.

“The Diaz Brothers have always been some of my favorite fighters, guys I looked up to,” Knight revealed. “They don’t give a damn what you think about them. They’re going to go out there and fight their asses off and win, lose or draw, they’re going to talk sh*t and have a blast while they’re doing it.

“That’s the way that I am and that’s the way I like to be too. If you’re going to beat me in a fight, I bet you can’t beat me in a sh*t-talking match while we’re fighting; that’s kind of how I am. They’re my kind of people and it doesn’t bother me one bit to get compared to them.”

Knight is not exaggerating. The 25-year-old featherweight contender has been known to chirp quite heavily at opponents mid-fight, whether he was winning or not. Things shouldn’t change for “Hick Diaz” when he gets his hands on Benitez tomorrow night in Fresno.

“I’ve worked my ass off for this fight and I’m ready to go,” Knight said. “I’m gonna show the fans why I deserve to be in the Top 15 and show Sean Shelby why my next fight should be against one of those guys that’s on up the ladder instead of someone that’s way, way out of the rankings.

“They might have given me this fight as a comeback fight – and that’s no disrespect to Gabriel Benitez, who I know is going to be a very tough fight – but I don’t want to be fighting guys out of the Top 15 now. I want to fight whoever gets me closer to the title. I’m gonna go out here and fight my heart out so I can get closer to that belt.”

UFC Fight Night 123 will be headlined by a featherweight matchup pitting veteran Cub Swanson against undefeated contender Brian Ortega.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 123 fight card, starting with the UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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Jason Knight, Benito Lopez Reveal Foes on Social Media for UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9

You can’t believe everything you read on social media but if we take two Ultimate Fighting Championship roster members at their word, UFC Fight Night 123 a pair of new bouts.
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Jason Knight, Benito Lopez Reveal Foes on Social Media for UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9

You can’t believe everything you read on social media but if we take two Ultimate Fighting Championship roster members at their word, UFC Fight Night 123 a pair of new bouts.
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Jason Knight, Benito Lopez Reveal Foes on Social Media for UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9

You can’t believe everything you read on social media but if we take two Ultimate Fighting Championship roster members at their word, UFC Fight Night 123 a pair of new bouts.
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Jason Knight, Benito Lopez Reveal Foes on Social Media for UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9

You can’t believe everything you read on social media but if we take two Ultimate Fighting Championship roster members at their word, UFC Fight Night 123 a pair of new bouts.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Jason Knight, Benito Lopez Reveal Foes on Social Media for UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9

You can’t believe everything you read on social media but if we take two Ultimate Fighting Championship roster members at their word, UFC Fight Night 123 a pair of new bouts.
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Jason Knight replaces Chan Sung Jung, meets Ricardo Lamas at UFC 214

One intriguing UFC 214 featherweight matchup has been swapped for another.

Last week came the disappointing news that a knee injury had forced Chan Sung Jung out of his highly anticipated fight with Ricardo Lamas on July 29 at Anaheim’s Honda Center.

But Lamas now has a new foe: Jason Knight, the Mississippi hotshot working his way through the division. MMA Fighting confirmed the news after an initial report made by the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Knight (17-2) has won four straight fights since dropping his UFC debut in 2015. Knight most recently scored a second-round technical knockout over Chas Kelly at UFC 211 for his 13th career stoppage win.

Lamas (17-5), a former featherweight title challenger, has won two out of his past three fights. In his most recent bout, Lamas scored a second-round submission over Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 98.

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Jason Knight Replaces Injured ‘Korean Zombie,’ Meets Ricardo Lamas at UFC 214

Rising star Jason Knight will get the toughest test of his career to date when he meets Ricardo Lamas at UFC 214.
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