With a UFC contract on the line earlier this month, William Knight threw every elbow and punch with the intention that one of them would change his life. At 2:23 of the first round, referee Herb Dean pulled him off Cody Brundage.

“That’s my world,” he said. “When those doors close and the ref says fight, I go into this zone of dismantling a human being. Then I come back to my senses and show them respect.”

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I’m four years into mixed martial arts and two years as a professional and I’m on the biggest stage that you can speak of,” he said proudly, well aware that finding the sport may have saved his life after years of abuse and bullying brought him to nearly 300 pounds as he tried to find his way in a life that was far from typical.


William Knight prepares to enter the Octagon more the second time when he takes on Aleksa Camur at UFC 253
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 01: William Knight elbows Cody Brundage in a light heavyweight bout during week five of Dana White’s Contender Series season four at UFC APEX on September 01, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LL

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