Fabio Cherant may have missed weight for his short-notice UFC debut, but he was one of the first fighters to the scale at UFC Vegas 34’s weigh-in on Friday — and made the light heavyweight limit without issue.
Cherant, a CES alum, was up against DWCS contract winner William Knight at Saturday’s Fight Night event.
Fighting out of Hartford, CT, Knight was another New Englander, and proved to be a nightmare for Cherant in the Battle of New England.
Early in the fight, Knight backed up Cherant and landed a nasty calf kick. Cherant landed a front kick. Knight landed two more nasty calf kicks and went high but Cherant blocked it. Cherant rushed forward and landed a punch. Knight landed another leg kick and left punch afterward. Cherant landed another straight left that got Knight’s attention. Cherant then landed another punch to the body. Knight answered that a heavy body kick. Cherant rushed forward, and Knight landed a counter left hook that folded Cherant. Just like that, the fight was over.
— UFC (@ufc) August 22, 2021
Knight is back in the win column with the victory, improving his UFC record to 2-1. Cherant is now on a two-fight skid, having been finished in both of his fights. That puts him in must-win territory moving forward, but his debut coming on short notice should get him another look.
Official Result: William Knight def. Fabio Cherant by knockout (punch) Round 1, 3:58