Knight laughs, also pointing out that for all the good things that he took away from his first UFC trip, he won’t miss the 16-hour flight to Fight Island. And though the “real” King of Zamunda, Eddie Murphy, returns to the spotlight in March, Knight is coming back a week earlier for a Las Vegas bout this weekend against Alonzo Menifield. It promises to be a battle of epic proportions between the two power hitters, but Knight isn’t too concerned with what the Texan brings to the Octagon.
“His physicality doesn’t scare me, his skill doesn’t scare me, none of that stuff scares me, so I’m not worried about this guy at all,” he said. “Anybody who knows me, I like getting hit and I fought at heavyweight before, so I know what it feels like to be hit by power, and I’m not worried too much about it.”
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No thoughts about it possibly being a rough night, then?
“The only way it will be a rough night is if I allow it to be a rough night,” he said. “I’ve trained for this daily; I don’t play no games.”
In fact, when asked if he’s ever entered a fight with the slightest sliver of doubt, he says no, before adding, “Yeah, my coach when I spar his ass. There’s nothing more alarming and difficult than fighting a man who taught you your every move and that knows you down to the muscle that twitches before you throw a punch, and he moves and f**ks you up.”