After earning a developmental deal this past season on Dana White’s Contender Series, William Knight will look to officially punch his ticket to the UFC.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a light heavyweight bout between Knight and Cody Brundage will take place on the Sept. 1 Contender Series fight card at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. DWCS fighters compete in front of Dana White, along with matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard in hopes of making their professional dreams a reality.
Knight took on Herdem Alacabek this past August and earned a third-round TKO win to improve the Connecticut native’s record to 5-0. “Knightmare” earned a developmental deal from the UFC president and took advantage of the opportunity to stay as active as possible. The 32-year-old picked up finish wins over Jamelle Jones and Rocky Edwards for New England promotion CES MMA, and suffered a controversial TKO loss to Tafon Nchukwi while competing for CFFC in November.
Brundage is unbeaten in his first five professional bouts, finishing four of those victories inside of two rounds. In his last two fights, the 26-year-old wrestling standout defeated longtime Michigan regional veteran Erick Lozano to capture, both, the middleweight and light heavyweight titles for Lights Out Championship. Brundage, who is married to former UFC strawweight Amanda Bobby Cooper, is widely considered one of the best light heavyweight prospects in the sport.
The fourth season of Dana White’s Contender Series is expected to kick off Aug. 4 and run each week through mid-October.