Jason Knight (fighter)

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Jason Knight
Born Jason Knight
(1992-07-14) July 14, 1992 (age 25)
D'Iberville, Mississippi, United States
Other names The Kid, Mississippi Mean, Hick Diaz
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
(135–145 Ib) (2009-present)
(145–155 Ib) (2011-2014)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of D'Iberville, Mississippi, United States
Team Alan Belcher MMA Club
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active 2009 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 20
By knockout 3
By submission 13
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By decision 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jason Knight (born July 14, 1992) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2009, he has also competed for Titan FC.


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

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Knight made his promotional debut against Tatsuya Kawajiri on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale, replacing Mirsad Bektic on two-weeks notice.[2] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[3]

Knight faced Jim Alers on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20.[4] He won the fight via split decision.[5] The combat was awarded the Fight of the Night bonus.[6]

Knight next faced Dan Hooker on November 26, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[7]

Knight faced Alex Caceres on January 28, 2017 at UFC on Fox 23. He won the fight via submission in the second round,[8] winning his first Performance of the Night bonus.[9]

Knight faced Chas Skelly on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211.[10] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[11] The win also earned Knight his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.[12]

Knight faced Ricardo Lamas on July 29, 2017 at UFC 214.[13] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[14]

Knight faced Gabriel Benítez on December 9, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 123.[15] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Knight faced Makwan Amirkhani on May 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 130[17] After knocking down Amirkhani twice with uppercuts, Knight lost the fight via a controversial split decision.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Knight is married and has children.

Knight had a tattoo covered up, that he reportedly received as young as 15, of a large chain-link fence and a skeleton apparently standing in a pose reminiscent of the one popularized by former UFC Champion, Chuck Liddell.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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, 2014 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 November 9, 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 N/A 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jason Knight (@jtkthekid) (April 8, 2017). "Brown belt baby". Instagram. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-05-25). "UFC on Fox 20 update: Jason Knight vs. Jim Alers booked for Chicago". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  5. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-07-23). "Jason Knight takes split over Jim Allers in bloody scrap". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  6. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-07-23). "UFC on Fox 20 bonuses: Herrig, Wineland, Knight, Alers receive $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-01-28). "UFC on Fox 23 results: Jason Knight chokes out Alex Caceres in secound round". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  9. ^ Staff (2017-01-28). "UFC on FOX 23 bonuses: Valentina Shevchenko, Jorge Masvidal among $50,000 extra winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  10. ^ Staff (2017-03-10). "Chas Skelly says he's fighting Jason Knight at UFC 211 in Dallas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Staff (2017-05-14). "UFC 211 bonuses: Nutty heavyweight brawl between Chase Sherman, Rashad Coulter gets $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  13. ^ Brian Martin (2017-06-06). "UFC 214: Jason Knight in for Korean Zombie to face Ricard Lamas". presstelegram.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  14. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-07-29). "UFC 214 results: Ricardo Lamas brutalizes Jason Knight for 1st-round TKO win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-07-29. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ "UFC Fight Night 123 results: Gabriel Benitez survives bite – yes, bite! – to dominate Jason Knight". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-10. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  17. ^ Staff (2018-03-21). "Makwan Amirkhani booked for UFC Liverpool bout". mmaviking.com. Retrieved 2018-03-21. 
  18. ^ "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. 

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