Jason “The Kid” Knight, Aka – Hick Diaz
Occasionally, in Mixed Martial Arts we come across individuals that are a breed unlike any other. The Diaz brothers, McGregor, Cerrone, and Masvidal, are all fighters who have coined themselves as kill or be killed type fighters. Jason “The Kid” Night, AKA Hick Diaz according to his Wikipedia page, is certainly a fighter who has earned the right to have his name mentioned with some of the toughest in the world, but more importantly he is now poised to take on the best in the world. The 17-2 UFC Featherweight suffered a tough loss in his UFC debut, accepting a short notice fight against Tatsuya Kawajiri, who at the time was ranked #13, but Knight has since rallied off four straight UFC wins, two of which earned him performance of night bonuses. The Mississippi bad boy remains humble, taking skype interviews when he can fit them in, and even finding the time to speak with Canvas Conversations on his way to Dallas for UFC 211. During his interview he told us where his kill or be killed attitude comes from saying, “I grew up that way, you know? My older brother, he beat the hell out of me my whole life, and he just made it to where getting out there and scrapping is fun, you know? It’s fun to me.” Jason has the uncanny quality of remaining astonishingly true to himself.
The young man is only 24 years old, but has big plans for the future as well as the toughness to back it up. Just one day after surgery to repair his deviated septum, and 5 days removed from his fight at UFC 211, Jason sat down to talk with Canvas Conversations about his future saying, “I just want to climb those rankings, pretty much as fast as I can. I want to fight three more times this year. I don’t really care about the dates, or what card it’s on, or nothing like that. -And then next year sign a new contract for a whole lot more money and be in the top ten and hopefully title contention.” With back to back performances of night, and strong words from the boss man Dana White, Jason Knight looks as though he could make his plans a reality, but who, and when will Jason fight next? According to Knight he’s not too keen on the idea of fighting Artem Lobov, as he’s more focused on fighting an opponent from the top 15. As far as his deviated septum, he’ll be back training on the pads next week. And as for his eye, he is already a week into his 45-day suspension.
Full Post Fight Interview with Jason Knight Link Below: