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William Knight Set to Return to UFC Octagon this Saturday

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

The local phenom, William "Knightmare" Knight returns to the bright lights of the UFC this weekend as he makes his seventh UFC walk. Hailing from Manchester, CT, the brawler has concluded what seemed to be his best training camp to date and is in Las Vegas preparing for his first UFC main card opportunity ever. "Knightmare" is extremely excited to get back into that octagon as he simply loves to fight and display his hard work. Will has not stepped foot in the UFC octagon since April of 2022, taking time off to heal injuries and grow as an athlete and an individual in general. Knight is also a coach, giving back and helping people around him, but on top of that, he has a family as well. The time off from such a demanding sport can sure be meaningful!

The light heavyweight (11-4 MMA) finally had the opportunity to have a full training camp as this fight was booked months ago, opposite of his last two bouts when he stepped in on short notice. In Knight's three most recent UFC fights, he is 1-2 with a unanimous decision win over Alonzo Menifield in December of 2021. In both UFC fights of 2022, Knight fell short as he dropped a very close decision to Maxim Grishin and got clipped by Devin Clark in another bout just about two months after the fight with Grishin. Knowing Knight, these two fights were a "blessing in disguise", as he was able to take a lot back to the gym and hone in on areas that he felt needed work. After following his career to this point, we all know he didn't waste these 10 months. Fans should be excited to see his performance.

Across the octagon from Knight will be Amsterdam's Marcin Prachino (15-6). This will be Prachino's seventh UFC walk as well. He brings a karate-based foundation to the scrap and tends to show a lot of similar attributes to those of a kickboxer. In his last three UFC appearances, he carries a record of 2-1 with wins over Khalil Rountree (decision) and Ike Villanueva (R2 stoppage by body kick). His loss was in his most recent fight, almost 12 months ago, to Philipe Lins by decision. Both Prachino and Knight look to get 2023 started with a notch inn the win column as they clash in the light heavyweight division.

These two match-up very well, stylistically. They both like to keep fights on the feet and have a combined total of nearly 20 finishes across both careers while on the feet. This fight was cancelled once before as it was originally booked for November of 2022 but with two light heavyweight that love to stand and bang, how could the UFC not re-book this? Stay tuned Saturday night as William Knight appears on the main card of UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Blanchfield.

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