A potential barn-burner has been booked for UFC 230 in New York, as Jason Knight will face Jordan Rinaldi.
A featherweight fight between Jason Knight and Jordan Rinaldi will see everything on the line at UFC 230. Following an initial report by Newsday, the fighters themselves confirmed the fight on social media. Both fighters have been mired in a slump, and there’s a very real possibility that the bout represents a “loser leaves town” sort of fight.
Well the rumors are true, extremely #blessed to be fighting on the @ufc 230 PPV in #NewYorkCity at Madison square Garden. I will be fighting Jason knight at featherweight. First time in a few years at 145 so prayers for a safe diet/cut/fight would be great. God is great! #ufc pic.twitter.com/Xn1UtAYU7b
— Jordan Rinaldi (@JordanRinaldi) September 6, 2018
Rinaldi (13–6) is 1-2 since joining the UFC, where he made his debut in 2016. Making it to the octagon just once per year in his first couple years, the Knight fight will mark the first time he has fought twice in a single year for the promotion. That’s a stark departure for the fighter, who fought four times outside the promotion in 2015.
Most recently suffering a loss to Gregor Gillespie at UFC on FOX 27, Rinaldi’s lone UFC win came against Álvaro Herrera at UFC Fight Night 114 — an impressive Von Flue choke submission.
Jason Knight (20–5), meanwhile, is in an even worse sport comparatively speaking. Having lost three straight, his back is against the wall heading into UFC 230. After starting his UFC run 4-1 with three bonuses in that span, he has dropped bouts to Ricardo Lamas, Gabriel Benitez, and Makwan Amirkhani.
UFC 230 takes place November 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.