Jason Knight steps foot in the Octagon once again at UFC 230, facing Jordan Rinaldi in a featherweight division encounter.
The featherweight prospect recently made a change to some training habits and has been going out to California to train at Team Alpha Male.
“Its exciting, there are a lot over very high level guys That I don’t get to train with everyday. At my gym, we have some high level guys and we have a lot of guys who are getting real close to that high level, but I don’t have nearly the bodies that I have at Urijah Faber’s gym. They have a lot of world class coaches, a lot of world class wrestlers. That’s something that we have missing down in Mississippi, we have no wrestlers whatsoever and how much better can my wrestling get if I don’t have any real wrestlers to wrestle with me. I’m out here and I feel like I’m improving everyday, my body is sore as hell…so I know I’m getting in the work that I need. My cardio gets better everyday and I just feel like I’m fittin’ to go into this fight like a brand new monster,” says Knight in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Knight could be facing a must win situation at UFC 230, as the fighter enters the contest in the midst of a three bout losing streak.
If there is one bout Knight would like to have after signing a new four fight deal with the UFC, it would be against Makwan Amirkhani.
“Nah man, I just signed a four fight contract right before that fight. So I knew that I at least had a few more (fights)…I’m exciting, the only true loss that I feel that I’ve had since (Tatsuya) Kawajiri was Ricardo Lamas. The Gabriel Benitez fight, yeah he beat me…he beat me, I had strep throat and I should’ve backed out of the fight. So what, he beat me…I’ll give him that one. But the f*cking Makwan Amirkhani fight, I should’ve got my hand raised. I’m gonna ask for that fight every chance I get and hopefully the little pussy will fight me one day, if not, then hopefully I catch him at a bar one day so I can beat him up there or something. That grudge is not over, I wanna get back in there and knock him out like I should’ve done in the first fight,” says Knight.
UFC 230 takes place on Saturday, November 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.