After First Win on UFC Developmental Deal, William Knight Eager For More Experience

By Cole Shelton Nov 4, 2019

On Season 3 of Dana White’s Contender Series, William Knight earned a developmental deal with a third-round technical knockout of Herdem Alacabek.

According to the terms of that contract, Knight would fight on UFC Fight Pass shows and continue to grow as a fighter until the promotion felt ready to bring him into the Octagon.

Knight recently just fought the first fight on that deal at CES MMA 59, where he defeated Jamelle Jone by TKO in the first round on Oct. 25. It was a very impressive performance, but Knight he still believes he has a long way to go until he gets a UFC fight.

“So, the developmental contract has eight fights. But, the UFC can pull me from that contract at any time and put me on a show. So, it is not more so how many fights, just when they think I am ready. It is good for me as I am only a year and a few months as a pro and learning here. They are approving my opponents, I can only fight on UFC Fight Pass,” Knight said to Sherdog. “They are e-mailing me everyday, I’m doing medicals for them. At the end of the day, I am still being treated as a UFC fighter but I don’t have to wait for a show and can fight locally and fight often.”

For Knight, he says he likes being on the developmental deal and is not opposed to going on the Contender Series again next year.

“If I had to go back on the Contender Series, I would. That experience was fun. I still don’t understand a lot of things that go on in the cage so I have no problem just fighting,” he said.


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