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William Knight Breaks Unwanted Record at UFC 271

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The UFC 271 weigh-ins took place earlier today with all but two fighters making weight. Flyweight Alex Perez missed weight by 2lbs but the bout was later cancelled as his opponent, Matt Schnell refused to take the fight.

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More surprisingly and in what is one of the most shocking weight misses in UFC history, William Knight has missed weight by a massive 12 lbs. Consequently, he broke the record (unfortunately for him) of the biggest weight miss in UFC history.

The ‘light heavyweight’ has twice fought above 205lbs, however, we’ve only seen him at light heavyweight in the UFC. His UFC 271 opponent, Maxim Grishin (who missed weight in his last bout) has accepted the fight, however, the bout will now take place at heavyweight. Knight will forfeit 40% of his purse in order for the fight to continue and will consequently not be eligible for any post-fight bonuses.

Knight breaks the unwanted record that was previously held by Brazillian, Rafael Alves, who missed weight by 11.5lbs. Alves was scheduled for a 145lbs fight, however, would have missed weight for the weight class above (lightweight), weighing in at 157.5 lbs. More records were broken on the final card of 2021, where heavyweight, Justin Tafa, became the first in his weight class to ever miss weight coming in at 266lbs. Let’s hope this record stands for a long, long time!

UFC 271 Fight Card

Main Card (10:00 pm ET – PPV)

  • Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson
  • Kyler Phillips vs. Marceelo Rojo
  • Bobby Green vs. Nasrat Haqparast

Preliminary Card (8:00 pm ET – ESPN2)

  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Jared Vanderaa
  • Roxanne Modafferi vs. Casey O’Neill
  • Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell *FIGHT NOW CANCELLED*
  • William Knight vs. Maxim Grishin *Now set to be contested at heavyweight)

Early Preliminary Card (6:00 pm ET – ESPN+)

  • Leomana Martinez vs. Ronnie Lawrence
  • Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano
  • Carlos Ulberg vs. Fabio Cherant
  • AJ Dobson vs. Jacob Malkoun
  • Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Sergey Morozov
  • Jeremiah Wells vs. Mike Mathetha

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Frazer is a 26 year old MMA and boxing enthusiast from Coventry, England.

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