As first reported by Nolan King from MMAJunkie.com, William Knight (9-1) has been forced to withdraw from his light heavyweight bout with Alonzo Menifield (9-1) this coming Saturday due to covid protocols. Stepping up on just 4 days notice is fellow New England light heavyweight, and current LFA champion, Fabio "Water Buffalo" Cherant (7-1).
This is tough luck for Knight, as this bout was rescheduled last month when Menifield was forced to pull out due to covid protocols. Knight is now scheduled to take on Da Un Jung on April 10th, so it's not all bad news for the Connecticut based fighter.
Cherant has been knocking on the door of the UFC since capturing the LFA light heavyweight championship back on February 12th when he won a dominant decision over Myron Dennis (18-8). The Massachusetts based fighter jumped at the opportunity to finally break into the UFC, albeit on very short notice, but when that call comes, you need to take it. New England lost one fighter from this bout, but gained another, so it's not all bad news for the region.