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Lucedale resident goes the distance in UFC featherweight bout

UFC featherweight Jason Knight faces Gabriel Benitez Saturday night in Fresno, California.
UFC featherweight Jason Knight faces Gabriel Benitez Saturday night in Fresno, California. amccoy@sunherald.com

It was a rough night for UFC featherweight contender Jason Knight.

The Lucedale native dropped a unanimous three-round decision to Gabriel Benitez at UFC Fight Night 123 on Saturday night at the SaveMart Center in Fresno, Calif. FS1 televised the co-main event.

Knight (20-4, 4-3 UFC) has dropped his last two UFC bouts and was dominated by Benitez. The three judges’ scorecards were 30-26, 30-26, and 29-27 as Benitez took the one-sided bout.

In the first round, Benitez took Knight apart on the feet and held off his takedowns. In the bout’s early portion, Knight bit his finger and lost a point on the scorecards.

Later in the bout, Knight accidentally poked Benitez in the eye. Benitez dominated the three-round bout.

Knight, 25, entered the bout as a slight betting favorite and ranked 15th among UFC featherweights.

Knight fights out of Alan Belcher’s MMA club in D’Iberville.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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