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Autumn Opportunities Aplenty for New England Fighters

Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"

If the first three weeks of September were any indication on how the last several months of 2020 will unfold, New England fighters better stay ready, and New England MMA fans better hang on to their hats! We take a look at an eventful first three weeks of September for New England MMA and what could be in the forecast over the next several months as New England MMA continues to show up on the National and International stage. As regional fans anxiously await the return of local competition, it is great to watch some of our regions brightest stars continue to shine in the face of a very, we'll call it; "Adverse" 2020.

William Knight (8-1) cashes in on Developmental Deal with UFC.

To kick off the storm of activities, Thornton MMA's William "Knightmare" Knight (8-1) opened up the month of September, September 1st, at the UFC's Apex, in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series against formally unbeaten, and two division (185, 205) Champion of Lights Out Promotions (Grand Rapids, Michigan); Cody Brundage (5-0). Knight found himself in some compromising positions against the Wrestler; Brundage, in the first minute of the fight but managed to use his strength to get the fight back to the feet where he landed a series of skull crushing elbows, crumbling Brundage, before following with the "Knightmare's" patented Ground and Pound for the first round stoppage. Not only did Connecticut's Knight stamp his ticket to the UFC September 1st in Vegas; Knight has already signed to make his UFC debut, against Aleksa Camur (6-0) at UFC 253, September 26th from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. A card that will be headlined by a Middleweight World Title tilt between Current Champion Isreal Adesanya (19-0) and fellow undefeated killer; Paulo Costa (13-0). Hopping all over the opportunity to get right back in there, William Knight will make his UFC debut on one of the most highly anticipated fight cards of the year!

"The Zohan" Randy Costa (6-1) caps off a 'weird week in Vegas' for New England MMA.

September 12th; UFC Fight Night: Waterson v. Hill, Lauzon MMA's "Slow" Mike Rodriguez (11-5) physically dismantled Ultimate Fighter Season Three alum and UFC veteran Ed "Short Fuse" Herman (25-14) over the first round and a half. It appeared as though MRod had finished Herman before a clean knee to the body was deemed a low blow by referee Chris Tognoni. Herman used the time to recover from the body shot and make it to the stool following the brutal second round turned in by Rodriguez. The beginning of round three was more of the same for the striking Rodriguez, knocking Herman to the mat with punches, where Tognoni gave Herman numerous warnings about not fighting back. As Rodriguez got on top of Herman, looking to again secure the finish, Herman used a Kimura attempt to sweep Rodriguez before eventually finishing that same attempt causing Rodriguez to tap at 2:20 of the third and final round. The decision was immediately cloaked in