Things didn't go the way Jason Knight wanted at UFC 214 against former UFC Title challenger Ricardo Lamas, but he's looking to bounce back in December to end his year on a good note.
The fan-favorite Knight is booked to face Gabriel Benitez in December at UFC Fresno, and won't let the mistakes he made in the Lamas bout define him. He tells Fightful.com's James Lynch that he's working almost exclusively with southpaws in preparation for his upcoming bout.
"We have several guys who are good at mimicking him. I have a guy, Brock Weaver, who has excellent boxing and is a southpaw. I'm trying to make sure I'm ready for everything he throws at me. 97 percent of the guys are right handed. I'm not going with any of those guys. Sometimes just to feel it around," said Knight. When asked how he thought the fight would go, he said "If I get this to the ground, I'll finish him easy"
The UFC has seen a bevy of weight cutting issues in recent years, but Knight says that isn't a concern for him.
"My weight's always good, but I never cut anything until the day before weigh-ins. I fluctuate between 158 and 162. As long as I get there on fight week and I'm 158 pounds Thursday night .... I stop eating, stop drinking... and lose most of it Thursday night. Wake up Friday and knock off the last bit," he said.
In the full interview Jason Knight (20-3) discusses his upcoming fight against Gabriel Benitez (19-6) at UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9. Jason also talks about recently getting married, his training camp for this matchup and what's next for him.