That’s a pretty solid run by all accounts, but Knight (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) hasn’t even been at his best this entire time. Speaking to MMAjunkie Radio only hours after getting surgery to fix a deviated nasal septum, the featherweight warned his colleagues to expect even better displays now that he can, you know, breathe and all.
“That 145-pound division now that I can breathe they better watch out, because I’m coming,” Knight said. “(I’m) going to look like a whole different fighter next time.”The“Performance of the Night” TKO of Skelly, who’d never been finished before, was Knight’s fourth victorious outing after an unsuccessful octagondebut oppositeTatsuya Kawajiri back in December of 2015. Of Knight’swins againstJim Alers, Dan Hooker and Alex Caceres, only the unanimous call over Hookerdidn’t come with a bonus.
Now looking at a two-week recovery time from nose surgery,Knight is hoping for a July octagon return. And, given his impressive recent record, he’s already got some ambitious ideas forthat.
“Next, it’s got to be a top-15 opponent,” Knight said. “They’ve got to give me an opponent who’s up there. I’ve got a four-fight win streak, and there’s not a lot of people who do that in the UFC. Especially not a four-fight winning streak with three bonuses out of the four fights.”While Knight can’t tell what the UFC has in mind, hehas always been quite clear about his desirefor a crackat knockout artist Dooho Choi. That, he clarified, hasn’t changed. But he’d also welcome scraps with two other 145-pounders known for their ability to put on thrilling stand-up performances.“I’d like to fight somebody like Cub Swanson or something like that,” Knight said. “If they want to give me Yair Rodriguez, because (as) I said the other night, I believe I could pretty much dominate that fight.
“Yair’s got good stand-up and everything, but he’s got good stand-up whenever he’s on the outside. And I believe that fight with Yair Rrodriguez would probably go a lot like the Alex Caceres fight (Knight finished Caceres with a rear-naked choke at UFC on FOX 23). And I’m pretty positive that I could win that fight pretty easily.”
While he doesn’t have a booking, the 24-year-old is reaping the rewards of his latest triumph and the added $50,000 that came with it. Not only was it enough to pay off his house, he says, but there was also some left over for a new(ish) ride.
“I got me a four-wheel drive, Chevy Tahoe, and it looks real nice and everything,” Knight said. “It will probably need another motor within the next year or two. It’s got a lot of miles on it, but I’d much rather pay cash for something and then add a lot of motor than to go out and get me a new one.”
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