Knight started this fight with a violent combination of punches & kicks while rushing forward. Rinaldi stayed calm, kicked Knight in the head, and then took him down a minute into the opening round. Knight sort of stood back up, threw a few elbows near Rinaldi's spine, the referee warned him, Knight apologized, and then Rinaldi took him down again. Rinaldi spent the rest of the round wrestling the shit out of Knight. Round one goes to Rinaldi based on his top control.
     The second round started slowly, and then Rinaldi scored a quick takedown a minute into the round. He took his back 30 seconds later, and then locked on a body triangle from back control. Rinaldi spent the rest of the round digging for a rear-naked choke, which never happened. Knight did a good job defending himself, but that doesn't change the fact that Rinaldi is up AT LEAST 20-18 going into the final round. Knight needs to make something crazy happen.
     There was a wild scramble a minute into the final round, where Rinaldi sort of tried to take down Knight, Knight took his back, tried to scramble to mount, Rinaldi reversed him, went for a Kimura, and then took Knight's back again 90 seconds into the final round. He locked on that body triangle again, started digging for the rear-naked choke again, punched Knight a few times, and we basically got a repeat of the second round. Congrats to Rinaldi for the one-sided unanimous decision victory. That sucks for Knight though, as this is 4 losses in a row, and he's normally an exciting fighter, but he didn't really show much of anything other than toughness in this fight.
Decision (Split)
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Amirkhani blasted Knight with a big punch, followed by a flying knee, and then they hit the ground, with Amirkhani on top inside Knight's guard. They both started taunting each other aggressively, they stood back up, and the fight turned into a kickboxing match, with Amirkhani looking significantly improved over the last time I saw him fight a year or so ago. As soon as I said that, Knight blasted Amirkhani with a massive uppercut that looked like he nearly knocked out Amirkhani, but he was able to recover, he popped back up, and then Knight dropped him again. Both knockdowns were followed with Knight trying to setup chokes, but I really think he wasted that time, as he probably could have finished Amirkhani if he would have gone into ground & pound, instead of submission grappling. That was a fun competitive round, and Amirkhani started strong, but Knight clearly stole that round with his knockdowns & multiple submission attempts.
     They were both talking a lot of shit at the start of the second round, and after a bit of boxing, Amirkhani scored a takedown halfway through the round, landing inside Knight's guard again. They eventually stood back up, traded a few more strikes, and then Amirkhani threw Knight down with a throw from the clinch, and he pinned him against the fence with a minute or so left to work. Amirkhani worked a little bit of ground & pound, but wasn't able to do much damage. I'm giving that round to Amirkhani, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Amirkhani shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, and Knight simultaneously pulled guard. They scrambled around, Knight tried to setup a triangle choke, and Amirkhani was mostly just controlling him by staying on top, but neither fighter was doing much damage. Knight was throwing some constant heel strikes to Amirkhani's lower back, but they didn't seem to have much of a noticeable effect on Amirkhani. The referee reset them with 2 minutes left in the fight. They clinched, with Amirkhani pressing Knight against the fence, and then Knight rolled for a kneebar, and Amirkhani ended up back on top, inside Knight's guard with 90 seconds left to work. Amirkhani worked some basic ground & pound, Knight continued to just cling onto Amirkhani with his rubber guard, and the fight eventually ended. I could see this fight potentially going either way, but I scored it 29-28 for Makwan Amirkhani. One judge gave all 3 rounds to Knight, but the other two agreed with me, and gave the split-decision victory to Amirkhani.
      These guys both traded some wild punches, and then Knight shot for a takedown a minute into the opening round, Benitez tried to slap on a guillotine choke, and then Benitez screamed because something was wrong with his finger or something. Apparently Knight bit Benitez's finger? After the doctor checked him out, the referee took a point from Knight, and the fight continued. Knight shot for another takedown, but Benitez ended up on top, Knight tried to catch him in a triangle, and they stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round. They traded some random strikes until the end of the round, leading to a round that was close, but I would probably score it slightly in favor of Benitez, and with that point that was taken from Knight, it COULD be a 10-8 round for Benitez.
     The second round started with both guys trading some punches & kicks, and the Knight took down Benitez, only to have Benitez end up on top again, so they stood back up and reset. They traded a few more strikes, and then Knight poked Benitez in the eye, so the doctor had to check him out again. When the fight started back up, they continued to trade random strikes until the end of the round. At this point, I don't think there is any way Knight can win this fight without a finish.
     The final round had both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, Knight was moving forward the entire time, but due to Benitez's circular movement, Knight wasn't able to land many damaging shots. In the end, this fight should be a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Gabriel Benitez, and all 3 judges agreed. It was a decent fight, but it was sort of ruined by a few random accidents.
TKO (Punches & Elbows)
      Lamas shot for a takedown early in the first round, Knight tested him with a possible guillotine choke, but Lamas was able to avoid the choke, and he brought Knight to the ground one minute into the round. Knight pulled guard, went to mission control, and hit Lamas with some heels to the side of his body, while Lamas threw some knees to Knight's butt. Lamas eventually stood up, and Knight threw some decent upkicks, before spinning around for a leg lock attempt, but Lamas was able to avoid any real danger, so he settled back into top position. Knight rolled for another leg lock, and he locked Lamas's leg up, cranked for a heel hook, but Lamas was able to barely pull himself free. Knight stood up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Lamas unloaded on him with big punches, rocking the shit out of Knight. Knight fired back, as they continued to brawl wildly, Knight looked like he was out on his feet, but the referee let him continue for another minute or so, as Lamas continued to tee off on him. That fight probably could have been stopped there, but the referee let them keep fighting. Lamas eventually took down Knight, dropped some big punches & elbows, and finished the fight by referee stoppage. That was a crazy fight while it lasted, and it was a big win for Ricardo Lamas.
KO (Punches)
      These guys both came out, circled around each other, and traded some hard punches. Knight had the speed, Skelly had the power, and Skelly took down Knight a minute into the first round, landing inside Knight's rubber guard. Knight tried to setup a Gogoplata, but Skelly stood up out of it, and tried to pass to side control. Knight nearly locked on a triangle choke, and then he used an Omoplata to sweep Skelly, but Skelly stood back up immediately, and continued to dig for another takedown. Knight went for another Gogoplata, he swept Skelly again, they continued to roll around wildly, and Knight went for a Kimura, and Skelly switched it to an armbar, and then Knight stood back up, and they reset with a minute left in the round. That was a wild round of grappling transitions. Knight scored a takedown at the end of the round, as the buzzer sounded. That round probably has to go to Knight based on his submission attempts.
     Skelly threw a kick in the second round, Knight caught it and tripped him, but let him stand back up. Skelly clipped him with a hard shot to the chin, and Knight fired back. Skelly kicked Knight in the body 2 minutes into the round and dropped him, but I think Knight partially just tripped himself. Skelly shot for a takedown halfway through the round, and Knight sprawled all over him, and threw some punches & elbows, while Skelly wasted a ton of energy trying to press him against the fence. They threw some strikes from the clinch, and then Skelly went for a standing guillotine, so Knight just dumped him to the ground, landed in side control, and started pounding on Skelly, but blood started randomly pouring from Knight's right cheek. Skelly stood back up with 10 seconds left in the round, and landed a head kick and some big punches in the final seconds of the round. Knight should be ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but he's bleeding all over the place, so if Skelly can work that cut, he might be able to make something happen.
     Knight dropped Skelly with a big uppercut early in the third round, he followed it up with some big punches, Skelly's head bounced off an invisible wall repeatedly as Knight continued to drill him with big punches, and a little while later the referee finally realized he was out, so he stopped the fight. That was another fantastic finish by Jason Knight, this time due to strikes. Jason Knight is an outstanding fighter.
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
      Caceres threw some brutal kicks to start this fight, Knight clinched, but Caceres broke free and continued to throw sharp strikes, including some really clean punch combinations. Knight blasted Caceres with some hard punches as well though. Caceres started the round strong, but Knight really started to comeback as the round progressed, and he also controlled the clinch a little bit. Knight knocked down Caceres with 30 seconds left in the round, and he continued to pressure Caceres until the end of the round. With around 20 seconds left in the round, Knight picked up Caceres and slammed the living shit out of him, he took his back and locked on a rear-naked choke. Caceres was basically saved by the bell. Round one was close for the most part, but Knight CLEARLY won that round with his performance in the final 30 seconds.
     These guys continued to trade brutal wild strikes to start the second round. These guys are both fucking insane. 90 seconds into the second round there was a wild scramble, and Knight took the back of Caceres again, holding him down with a tight body triangle, while he beat him up with punches, while trying to open up Caceres for a rear-naked choke. Knight also slammed some hard elbows into the side of Caceres's head from back control. He locked on the rear-naked choke with 2 minutes left in the round, but Caceres was able to break free, but Knight still had him 100% under control. Knight continued to batter him with heavy elbows, and he locked on another rear-naked choke with a minute left in the round, forcing Caceres to submit. That was a badass performance by Jason Knight, as he absolutely mauled Alex Caceres. That could potentially be fight of the night.
      Hooker came out with his hands down, and Knight came out looking aggressive, as he was able to drop Hooker with a punch inside the first 45 seconds of the opening round. Hooker recovered, but Knight continued to walk him down, as Hooker looked a bit timid. Hooker landed some long jabs, busting up the boney face of Knight due to some damage done in Knight's previous fights. They both fired off some solid shots, turning the first round into a competitive boxing match, until Knight scored a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, but Hooker stood back up 30 seconds later, and went back to picking apart Knight with his jabs. Knight scored another takedown with one minute left in the round, and he pinned Hooker against the fence this time. Knight locked on a mounted body triangle, and then locked on a side naked choke, Hooker spun out of it, and Knight threw up a triangle choke from his back, but Hooker passed that without much of a problem. That round was really competitive, and you could easily score it for Knight based on the grappling, but since Hooker won the boxing exchanges, and ended the round on top dropping punches, I scored the round for Hooker. It could have probably gone either way.
     Hooker continued to chip away at Knight's red face with his jabs to start the second round, until Knight shot in, and threw Hooker to the ground, immediately taking his back with a body triangle, followed by a rear-naked choke attempt. There was a lot of hand fighting going on, Knight looked like he had the choke completely locked on several times, but Hooker was somehow able to escape over and over again. Knight locked that shit on TIGHT with a minute left in the round, and Hooker escaped, AGAIN!!! Hooker somehow survived until the end of the round, and that round clearly goes to Knight. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but more than likely, Knight is ahead 2-0 at this point.
     The final round started the same way, with Hooker chipping away with his jab & some kicks, until Knight shot for another takedown one minute into the round, but Hooker stuffed this one, and then went back to hammering away at Knight with his rangey strikes. Knight landed some hard punches of his own, but for the most part, the third round was full of Hooker moving forward, while clipping Knight more frequently with his boxing. He even threw Knight down a couple of times, as Knight was shooting for sloppy takedowns. Hooker spent the final 30 seconds of the round RUNNING toward Knight, blasting him with huge punches, and then Knight shot for a last second takedown, and Hooker reversed it, ending the round on top. I scored this fight 29-28 for Hooker, but I wouldn't be shocked if some of the judges give the fight to Knight instead. It's worth noting Hooker is the local favorite though. Huh?!? The judges were all over the place with the scorecards, giving the fight to Knight via unanimous decision, 29-28, 30-27 & 30-26. 30-26!?! WHAT!?! 30-27!?! WHAT!?! I'm so confused. That was a solid fight, but the crowd didn't agree with that decision at all, and I won't argue with the decision, I just think the lopsided scorecards are fucked up.
Decision (Split)
      These guys are both known for their grappling, so of course they both came out swinging, with Knight picking apart Alers with his jab & oblique kicks. Alers clipped him with a few decent shots, but for the most part, Knight was looking awfully Donald Cerrone in there with his striking. Knight's right cheek was cut open badly in the first 2 minutes though. Knight yelled "Come for that takedown, you know that's what you want bitch!" Hahaha... I like this guy... Alers finally shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and he pulled Knight's pants down in the process. Knight got back to his feet, and pulled his pants back up. Knight clearly won the striking, even though he had that BAD cut on his cheek, and Alers had that one takedown which he didn't do anything with, so to earn back that point, Knight shot for an explosive takedown, and then immediately stood up and was like "GET UP BITCH!" Hahaha... Round one definitely goes to Knight, but I hope that cut on his cheek doesn't become a problem.
     Alers knocked down Knight early in the second round, but he popped right back up to his feet again. Alers is working some decent counterpunching, but Knight is clearly pressing the pace in the second round, controlling the center of the cage, and beating up Alers while backing him up toward the cage. Knight's corner said "Keep your hands up!" So Knight raised his hands in the air like "COME ON BITCH!" Nooooo, they mean protect your chin... Knight is beating the shit out of Alers though, and the right eye of Alers is bleeding now. Knight's offensive boxing is on point, and he's destroying that lead leg of Alers too. Alers shot for a takedown with a minute left, and Knight immediately went to his rubber guard, slapped on the gogoplata, but Alers broke free, and landed a punch, and then Knight exploded back to his feet, and ended the round on top of Alers inside his guard. Knight is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the final round. This dude is a killer.
     Alers came out and rocked Knight early in the third round, and then shot for another takedown, this time getting Knight to the ground 15 seconds into the round. Knight blasted him with some elbows from his guard, and then started working his rubber guard again. Knight kicked him off one minute into the round, stood back up, Alers shot for a desperate takedown, and Knight started working for top position, but they scrambled back to their feet. Knight continued to chew up Alers on the feet with his boxing & his leg kicks. Knight threw a sloppy punch, and Alers took him to the ground, landing in side control with 2 minutes left in the round. Knight quickly went back to mission control, and started working some short punches. Knight got back to his feet with a minute left in the fight, and Alers rocked the shit out of him with a big punch, but Knight kept coming forward. Knight shot for a takedown, and grabbed the back of Alers in the clinch to finish the round. I scored that fight 30-27 for Knight, but would expect most judges to score it 29-28. I'll be pissed if anyone gives it to Alers though. The fight went to a split-decision, and two judges gave the fight to Knight. That fight will almost definitely be the fight of the night. CRAZY fight overall, and a fantastic win for Jason Knight as he earns his first win inside the octagon.
      Kawajiri shot for a takedown to start the fight, and he landed in Knight's rubber guard, where Knight destroyed his head with sharp elbows, but Kawajiri eventually slipped out of the triangle, and tried to pass Knight's guard. Kawajiri couldn't pass the guard, but he landed some solid punches & elbows to score some points from inside Knight's guard. Kawajiri really started to hammer the head of Knight with heavy elbows & punches in the last half of the round, which I thought was enough to steal the round for Kawajiri. Knight left that round with a pretty bad cut under his left eye. The second round started the same way, with a spinning backfist from Kawajiri, followed by a takedown, while Knight was pulling guard, so they ended up in the same position they were at the start of the first round. Knight continued to work that rubber guard, and Kawajiri continued to work those elbows & punches. The referee stood them up, and then Kawajiri took Knight right back down again. Kawajiri sort of passed the guard of Knight, into full mount, sort of, but Knight did a good job constantly pulling him into half guard again. Knight looks dangerous off his back, but not as dangerous as Kawajiri's top game ground & pound. Kawajiri came out into the third round, threw a hard spinning side kick, threw some punches, and took Knight right back to the ground again. The referee stood them back up, and Kawajiri took Knight right back down again, this time landing in side control. There was a weird position where Knight tied up Kawajiri's arm behind his back with his legs, and Kawajiri had Knight's arm pinned with his knee, so it ended up as a stalemate, so the referee stood them back up again. Kawajiri shot in for another takedown, and once again kept Knight under control. Pretty solid showing by Tatsuya Kawajiri, and a decent debut by Jason Knight. I gave the fight to Kawajiri, 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed.
Submission (Triangle Choke)
      Musa started this fight with a slick double leg takedown in the first 10 seconds, landing inside Knight's rubber guard. Nothing really happened in the first 90 seconds, until Knight kicked out of the bottom, and they both stood up. They trade a few punches, and Knight got blasted by some big hooks, as Musa knocked him down against the cage. Knight stood back up, and they went back to trading wild punches. Musa basically beat the shit out of Knight, but he got sloppy, which allowed Knight to take his back for a second, but Musa quickly rolled him off the top, ending up back inside Knight's guard again. Musa spent the last 2 minutes of the round beating up Knight on the ground. Round one clearly goes to Musa.
     Musa took down Knight 30 seconds into the second round. A minute later, they stood back up, and Musa took him down immediately again. The referee stood them back up. They traded a couple of punches, they both looked exhausted, and then Musa took Knight down again. Knight continued to work his rubber guard, he slapped on a triangle armbar, transitioned to a triangle choke, and finished the fight by submission halfway through the second round. Nice win for Knight.