Jason Knight (fighter)

Jason Thomas Knight[1] (born July 14, 1992) is an American bare knuckle boxer and a professional mixed martial artist. He has previously competed in the UFC and Titan FC.

Jason Knight
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BornJason Thomas Knight[1]
(1992-07-14) July 14, 1992 (age 30)
D'Iberville, Mississippi, United States
Other namesThe Kid
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
DivisionFeatherweight (2009–present)
Lightweight (2011–2014)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofD'Iberville, Mississippi, United States
TeamAlan Belcher MMA Club
American Top Team D'Iberville[2]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2009–2018, 2021–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total29
Wins22
By knockout3
By submission15
By decision4
Losses7
By knockout1
By decision6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Reared in D'Iberville, Mississippi, Knight began training at the age of 14 to stay out of trouble and street fighting. He attended George County High School before dropping out at the age of 16, and began training with UFC veteran Alan Belcher.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Knight began competing as an amateur at the age of 14, and fought ten times before turning professional in 2009 at age 17.[4] He then compiled a record of 16–1 before being signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Knight made his promotional debut against Tatsuya Kawajiri on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale, replacing Mirsad Bektić on two weeks' notice.[5] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[6]

Knight faced Jim Alers on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20.[7] He won the fight via split decision.[8] The combat was awarded the Fight of the Night bonus.[9]

Knight next faced Dan Hooker on November 26, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[10]

Knight faced Alex Caceres on January 28, 2017 at UFC on Fox 23. He won the fight via submission in the second round,[11] winning his first Performance of the Night bonus.[12]

Knight faced Chas Skelly on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211.[13] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[14] The win also earned Knight his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.[15]

Knight faced Ricardo Lamas on July 29, 2017 at UFC 214.[16] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[17]

Knight faced Gabriel Benítez on December 9, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 123.[18] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Knight faced Makwan Amirkhani on May 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 130.[20] Despite four successful knockdowns during the three-round fight, Knight lost via a contentious split decision.[21]

Knight faced Jordan Rinaldi on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230.[22] He lost the fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released by the organization.[23][24]

Post-UFC careerEdit

Following the stint in bare-knuckle boxing, Knight was expected to make his return to mixed martial arts against Christopher Ramírez at iKon Fighting Federation 5 on March 5, 2021.[25] However, Ramírez had to withdraw from the fight due to problems getting into the United States and was replaced by Taurean Bogguess.[26] In turn, Bogguess withdrew during the fight week and was replaced by Cliff Wright.[27] Knight won the bout via second-round submission.[28]

On May 29, 2021, it was announced that Knight is scheduled to headline the inaugural event of Jorge Masvidal's Gamebred Fighting Championship against Charles Bennett on June 18, 2021.[29] The bout had typical mixed martial arts rules, but was contested without gloves.[29] Knight was knocked down early on, but went on to win the fight via rear-naked choke submission in round one.[30]

Professional Fighters LeagueEdit

Following the successful bout in Gamebred FC, Knight signed with the Professional Fighters League and faced Bobby Moffett at PFL 9 on August 27, 2021.[31][32] At weigh-ins, Moffett weighed in at 148.2 pounds, missing weight by 2.2 pounds. The bout proceeded at catchweight and Moffett was fined a percentage of his purse, which went to Knight.[33] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[34]

Bare knuckle boxingEdit

Following his UFC release, Knight signed a one-fight contract with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.[35] He faced Artem Lobov in the main event of Bare Knuckle FC 5 on April 6, 2019.[36] Knight lost the bout and several of his teeth.[37][38]

Knight was expected to headline Bare Knuckle FC 7 on August 10, 2019 against Leonard Garcia.[39] However on July 15, 2019, Knight revealed on his social media that he was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a rib injury.[40]

Knight defeated Artem Lobov in a rematch headlining Bare Knuckle FC 9 on November 16, 2019, earning the victory by TKO in the fifth round.[41]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2012, Knight was arrested and charged with grand larceny.[42]

Knight runs his own gym, Jason Knight Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness in Lucedale, Mississippi.[43]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 22 wins 7 losses
By knockout 3 1
By submission 15 0
By decision 4 6
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–7 Bobby Moffett Decision (unanimous) PFL 9 August 27, 2021 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Catchweight (148.2 lb) bout; Moffett missed weight.
Win 22–6 Charles Bennett Submission (rear-naked choke) Gamebred Fighting Championships 1 June 19, 2021 1 3:01 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Bare Knuckle MMA.
Win 21–6 Cliff Wright Submission (rear-naked choke) iKon Fighting Federation 5 March 5, 2021 2 1:48 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 20–6 Jordan Rinaldi Decision (unanimous) UFC 230 November 3, 2018 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States
Loss 20–5 Makwan Amirkhani Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till May 27, 2018 3 5:00 Liverpool, England
Loss 20–4 Gabriel Benítez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega December 9, 2017 3 5:00 Fresno, California, United States Knight was deducted one point in round 1 for biting Benítez's fingers.
Loss 20–3 Ricardo Lamas TKO (punches) UFC 214 July 29, 2017 1 4:34 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 20–2 Chas Skelly TKO (punches) UFC 211 May 13, 2017 3 0:39 Dallas, Texas, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 19–2 Alex Caceres Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña January 28, 2017 2 4:21 Denver, Colorado, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 18–2 Dan Hooker Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson November 27, 2016 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 17–2 Jim Alers Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 16–2 Tatsuya Kawajiri Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale December 11, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–1 Musa Khamanaev Submission (triangle choke) Titan FC 35 September 19, 2015 2 3:06 Ridgefield, Washington, United States
Win 15–1 Thiago Moisés Decision (unanimous) Atlas Fights 25 May 30, 2015 3 5:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Defended the Atlas Fights Featherweight Championship.
Win 14–1 Michael Roberts Decision (unanimous) Atlas Fights 23 April 4, 2015 5 5:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Won the vacant Atlas Fights Featherweight Championship.
Win 13–1 Gilbert Burgos Submission (gogoplata) Atlas FC 4 September 14, 2014 1 1:23 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Return to Featherweight.
Win 12–1 Harry Johnson Submission (Von Flue choke) V3 Fights: Johnson vs. Shuffield June 21, 2014 2 4:38 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 11–1 Tony Way Submission (inverted triangle choke) Atlas Fights: Battle on Mobile Bay April 12, 2014 1 2:03 Mobile, Alabama, United States
Win 10–1 Ronald Jacobs TKO (punches) Atlas Fights 20 January 18, 2014 1 1:43 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 9–1 Bradley Collins Submission (armbar) Atlas Fights 19 November 16, 2013 1 1:06 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Return to Lightweight.
Win 8–1 Matt McCook Submission (rear naked choke) Atlas Fights 13 September 22, 2012 1 0:52 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 7–1 Michael Roberts Decision (unanimous) Atlas Fights 12 July 14, 2012 3 5:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States For the Atlas Fights Featherweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Shawn Hayes Submission (triangle choke) Atlas Fights 10 February 11, 2012 3 4:33 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Won the interim Atlas Fights Featherweight Championship.
Win 6–0 James Rutherford Submission (guillotine choke) Atlas Fights 9 October 11, 2011 1 3:31 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 5–0 Jonathan Burdine TKO (punches) FFI: Blood and Sand 10 August 13, 2011 1 2:05 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 4–0 Ronald Jacobs Submission (triangle choke) UEP: Battle at the Beach January 16, 2010 2 2:22 Daphne, Alabama, United States
Win 3–0 Daren Hayes Submission (triangle choke) UEP: Battle at the Beach December 2, 2009 1 3:04 Orange Beach, Alabama, United States
Win 2–0 Shawn Hayes Submission (armbar) No Love Entertainment November 7, 2009 1 1:50 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 1–0 Patrick Needham Submission (triangle choke) UEP: The Reckoning September 24, 2009 1 1:10 Orange Beach, Alabama, United States

Bare knuckle recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 1 win 1 loss
By knockout 1 0
By decision 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–1 Artem Lobov TKO (corner stoppage) Bare Knuckle FC 9 November 16, 2019 5 0:27 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 0–1 Artem Lobov Decision (unanimous) Bare Knuckle FC 5 April 6, 2019 5 2:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Mixed martial arts show results Date: December 11, 2015
  2. ^ Jason Knight [@jtkthekid] (February 27, 2021). "Last hard day was a successful one !! Still injury free and ready to put on a show next Friday night!!" – via Instagram.
  3. ^ Jason Knight (@jtkthekid) (April 8, 2017). "Brown belt baby". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Brandon Sibcy (November 14, 2019). "Jason Knight: From unsanctioned fights in dog cages to headlining PPVs". thescrap.co.
  5. ^ Staff (2015-12-03). "UFC signs Jason Knight to meet Tatsuya Kawajiri at next week's TUF 22 Finale". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  6. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-12-11). "TUF 22 Finale results: Tatsuya Kawajiri grounds and pounds Jason Knight for decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  7. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-05-25). "UFC on Fox 20 update: Jason Knight vs. Jim Alers booked for Chicago". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  8. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-07-23). "Jason Knight takes split over Jim Allers in bloody scrap". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  9. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-07-23). "UFC on Fox 20 bonuses: Herrig, Wineland, Knight, Alers receive $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  10. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-11-26). "UFC Fight Night 100 results: Jason Knight outworks Dan Hooker over three rounds for decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  11. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-01-28). "UFC on Fox 23 results: Jason Knight chokes out Alex Caceres in second round". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  12. ^ Staff (2017-01-28). "UFC on FOX 23 bonuses: Valentina Shevchenko, Jorge Masvidal among $50,000 extra winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  13. ^ Staff (2017-03-10). "Chas Skelly says he's fighting Jason Knight at UFC 211 in Dallas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  14. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-05-13). "UFC 211 results: Jason Knight thrashes Chas Skelly in third round for fourth straight win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  15. ^ Staff (2017-05-14). "UFC 211 bonuses: Nutty heavyweight brawl between Chase Sherman, Rashad Coulter gets $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-14.
  16. ^ Brian Martin (2017-06-06). "UFC 214: Jason Knight in for Korean Zombie to face Ricard Lamas". presstelegram.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  17. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-07-29). "UFC 214 results: Ricardo Lamas brutalizes Jason Knight for 1st-round TKO win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  18. ^ Staff (2017-10-16). "Jason Knight says he's fighting Gabriel Benitez at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  19. ^ "UFC Fight Night 123 results: Gabriel Benitez survives bite – yes, bite! – to dominate Jason Knight". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-10. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  20. ^ Staff (2018-03-21). "Makwan Amirkhani booked for UFC Liverpool bout". mmaviking.com. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  21. ^ "UFC Fight Night 130 results: Makwan Amirkhani battles Jason Knight in pocket, wrestles way to split-decision win". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  22. ^ Mark La Monica (2018-09-04). "UFC 230 gets another featherweight bout". newsday.com. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  23. ^ "UFC 230 results: Jordan Rinaldi dominates Jason Knight". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  24. ^ Staff (2019-01-10). "Nine-fight UFC veteran Jason Knight says he's looking for new fighting home". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  25. ^ Michael Lynch (January 12, 2021). "Jason Knight Set To Make MMA Return". mmasucka.com.
  26. ^ Riley Kontek (February 15, 2021). Shootin' the Shit Ep. 42: Jason Knight – via YouTube.
  27. ^ Cliff Wright [@cliffwrightcr] (March 1, 2021). "@cliffwrightcr steps up on 5 days notice to main event against UFC Vet @jtkthekid at @ikonfightingfederation 5 live on @ufcfightpass" – via Instagram.
  28. ^ Rob Tatum (March 5, 2021). "iKON FF 5 Results: Knight Chokes Wright, Pierre Submits Stephenson". combatpress.com.
  29. ^ a b "Jason Knight vs. Charles 'Felony' Bennett booked as first main event for Jorge Masvidal's bare-knuckle MMA promotion". mmafighting.com. May 29, 2021.
  30. ^ Matthew Wells (June 18, 2021). "Gamebred Fighting Championship 1 results: Jason Knight clipped early, taps Charles Bennett in first round". MMAjunkie.com.
  31. ^ Damon Martin (July 2, 2021). "Ex-UFC, BKFC fighter Jason Knight signs with PFL, expected to debut on Aug. 27 card". mmafighting.com.
  32. ^ Newswire, MMA Fighting (2021-08-10). "PFL announces full 2021 Playoff 3 card, Brendan Loughnane vs. Movlid Khaybulaev headlines". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  33. ^ Sherdog.com. "PFL 9: 2021 Playoffs Weigh-in Results: Featherweight & Light Heavyweight Semifinals Set". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  34. ^ "Wade, Khaybulaev, Carlos Junior and Hamlet lock up PFL championship berths". ESPN.com. 2021-08-27. Retrieved 2021-08-28.
  35. ^ Jesse Holland (February 13, 2019). "'Hammer' time! Artem Lobov inks 'six-figure deal' with Bare Knuckle FC, fights Jason Knight on April 20". mmamania.com.
  36. ^ Thomas Myers (April 5, 2019). "Bare Knuckle FC 5 fight card for 'Lobov vs Knight' on April 6". mmamania.com.
  37. ^ "Bare Knuckle FC 5 results: Artem Lobov wins thrilling brawl over Jason Knight". MMA Junkie. 2019-04-07. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  38. ^ Damon Martin (April 6, 2019). "Jason Knight happy for opportunity in BKFC because the 'UFC is going to [expletive]'". mmaweekly.com.
  39. ^ Dave Doyle (June 23, 2019). "Jason Knight vs. Leonard Garcia announced for Bare Knuckle FC 7". mmajunkie.com.
  40. ^ Mike Bohn (July 15, 2019). "Jason Knight announces injury, withdrawal from Bare Knuckle FC 7 main event". mmajunkie.com.
  41. ^ Mike Bohn (October 9, 2019). "Artem Lobov vs. Jason Knight rematch headlines Bare Knuckle FC 9 on Nov. 16". mmajunkie.com.
  42. ^ Beverly Tuskan (March 29, 2012). "19-year-old Jason Knight charged with felony grand larceny". gulflive.com.
  43. ^ Alexander K. Lee (January 11, 2019). "Jason Knight explains why UFC run went south: 'I got caught up in the lifestyle'". mmafighting.com.

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