Skidding Jason Knight has ‘eyes wide open’ after training at Team Alpha Male for UFC 230

NEW YORK – Jason Knight may be in the midst of a slump, but he said he’s feeling more positive than ever going into Saturday’s matchup with Jordan Rinaldi at UFC 230.

Knight (20-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has lost his past three fights in the featherweight division. He knew a change was needed to help him rebound, so he did a portion of his camp at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif. He said the results were nothing short of terrific and expects them to pay off against Rinaldi (12-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

“I spent two-and-a-half weeks out there (at Team Alpha Male) and their two-and-a-half weeks felt like my eight-week training camp,” Knight told MMAjunkie at UFC 230 media day. “It is insane how bad they get down. They’re constantly just eyes wide-open.”

UFC 230 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York. Knight vs. Rinaldi airs on the televised prelims on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and prior to the pay-per-view main card.

Winless since May 2017, Knight is focused on getting back on track at UFC 230. He said Rinaldi is a good opponent for him to do that, because if he can avoid making critical mistakes, he believes he should get the job done.

“His wrestling is decent, but I think if I actually try to stop the takedowns, then I’m going to stop the takedowns,” Knight said. “As long as I don’t pull guard like I have in the past and I stop every takedown, I’m going to beat his ass, and there’s going to be nothing that he can do to me.”

Knight said anything less than victory at UFC 230 will be an unacceptable outcome. He’s aware that anything can happen in the sport, but Knight intends on using his new skills from Team Alpha Male and meshing them with his ingrained relentless nature.

“He’s got to kill me to win, that’s the way I look at it,” Knight said. “I’m going to lay my heart on the line, and it’s not going to the judges. Either I’m going to die in that cage or he’s going to die in that cage, but somebody is going to walk away asleep.”

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